The House of Representatives has decided to increase the final round of Covid-19 stimulus checks from $ 600 to $ 2,000. While President Donald Trump supports this move, it is unlikely to go far in the Senate.
On Monday, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi voted on a stand-alone bill to increase payments for “economic impact” – in other words, stimulus checks – to $ 2,000. The House Democrats attempted a unanimous vote on the matter on Christmas Eve, but it was blocked by the House Republicans. The House passed it on Monday with 275-134 votes.
The $ 900 billion stimulus package, passed by Congress last week and signed into law by President Trump on Sunday, includes $ 600 stimulus checks for those earning up to $ 75,000 a year in 2019 , or $ 1,200 for couples earning up to $ 150,000 plus an additional $ 600 per child. Many politicians, activists, and experts have called for a higher number – under the CARES bill in the spring, stimulus checks for individuals were $ 1,200.
The negotiators settled on $ 600 and the general belief was that Trump agreed with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who called the bill “fabulous”. But after Congress passed the bill and went home, Trump posted a video on Twitter calling it a “shame” and demanding that checks be increased to up to $ 2,000.
The Democrats acted quickly, trying to use the president’s support for bigger controls as a lever to get Republicans in Congress to move – or at least point out that they are not. Pelosi responded to Trump’s tweet that Republicans “repeatedly refused to say what amount” the president wanted for checks and that he “finally” agreed to $ 2,000. “Let’s do this!” She wrote.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reiterated Pelosi’s assessment, noting that she and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) had jointly drafted an amendment for US $ 2,000 checks. The House voted on the CASH Bailout Increase Bill, passed on Christmas Eve by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA).
After the president signed the stimulus plan on Sunday, Pelosi said in a statement that he “must immediately urge Republicans of Congress to end their disability and join him and the Democrats in support of our stand-alone legislation and the direct payment checks on 2,000 USD increase. ”To be brought to the ground on Monday. “Any Republican vote against this bill is a vote to deny the financial hardship of families and to deny the American people the relief they need,” she said.
The vote on Monday took place as part of a “suspension of the rules”, which required a two-thirds majority to pass.
Just because Trump has $ 2,000 in stimulus checks doesn’t mean it is the rest of his group
The big question after Monday’s $ 2,000 stimulus check vote is what happens next. And the answer probably isn’t much.
Many Republicans never had the idea of major stimulus checks – Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) tried standing alongside Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for $ 1,200 checks and was blocked by a member of his own party. Vox’s Li Zhou said Republicans have puzzled over concerns about the deficit in a major relief bill, and a bipartisan proposal leading up to the final deal contained no checks at all.
Senate minority chairman Chuck Schumer said on Twitter that he would be writing $ 2,000 checks in the Senate and that no Democrats would object. “Will Senate Republicans?” he asked. The answer is almost certainly yes.
When asked by reporters whether $ 2,000 checks would win 60 Senate votes, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) said it did not. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not interfered on this matter. His office did not respond to a request for comment on how he felt about the issue, but it is unlikely to support it. In a statement praising Trump for signing the $ 900 billion aid bill on Sunday, he did not recognize the measure at all.
The president has further complicated matters by directing his $ 2,000 questions on a few unrelated points. In a statement following the signing of the stimulus package, Trump said he wanted the Senate to “go into the process” to vote on increasing checks, repeal Section 230 – an Internet language law – and an investigation into (unsubstantiated) allegations of election fraud initiate. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has urged the Senate to increase controls while removing Section 230.
One thing has nothing to do with the other – getting much-needed help in times of crisis and whether Twitter can put a label on the President’s false tweets are two different things.
Despite the House’s vote on Monday, checks for $ 2,000 are unlikely to be in transit.
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