The Democrats are expressing frustrations the bill is slated to come to come up for a vote before other pressing matters.
Specifically, a number of front-line members have raised concerns about the optics of holding a vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act before a coronavirus stimulus package and a government funding bill are passed.
Negotiators have struggled for months to strike a deal on additional coronavirus relief, with the parties remaining at an impasse over funding levels. Congress has until Sept. 30 to pass funding to avert a government shutdown.
“At a time when people are really struggling just to pay the bills and to get through this health crisis, [COVID relief] should be our priority,” said centrist Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.). He said he’s suggested to Democratic leaders that the marijuana bill is “probably something I would support but we should do it later on.”