By Libby Cathey / ABC News
The federal government has been rolling out its response to the coronavirus crisis, trying to slow the spread and prop up the economy, which has taken a severe hit.
House lawmakers scrambled back to Washington Friday morning amid fears one GOP member of Congress would force a delay in the vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed unanimously by the Senate.
But early Friday afternoon the House passed the historic measure and sent it to President Donald Trump’s desk.
Within minutes of signing the bill, Trump touted the aid on Twitter.
“I just signed the CARES Act, the single biggest economic relief package in American History – twice as large as any relief bill ever enacted. At $2.2 Trillion Dollars, this bill will deliver urgently-needed relief for our nation’s families, workers, and businesses,” the President wrote.
He also said during the signing ceremony: “I’ve never signed anything with a ‘T’ on it,” Pres. Trump says of $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. “We can’t chicken out at this point, can we? I don’t think so.”
An aide to House Speaker Pelosi confirms that she was not invited to the White House to participate in the signing ceremony.
The last time the two spoke was Oct. 16, 2019, roughly five months ago.