House Passes $2,000 Stimulus Check Increase At Trump’s Demand
On Monday the House passed a bill that increases COVID-19 relief payments from $600 to $2,000 following President Donald Trump's demand for Congress to give more money to Americans.
On Monday the House passed a bill that increases COVID-19 relief payments from $600 to $2,000 following President Donald Trump’s demand for Congress to give more money to Americans.
In a 275-134 vote, the House passed the bill that will now be sent to the Senate for approval. Although the measure passed the House, it is uncertain whether the bill can garner enough votes in the Republican controlled upper chamber.
In an address last week, President Donald Trump threatened to block the COVID-19 relief bill if Congress did not increase the stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 and to also “get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items.”
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple,” Trump said in the address.
The President signed the COVID-19 relieve bill on Sunday reneging from his prior position as indecision and haggling within congress threatened to derail key government aid and programs.
“I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill,” Trump said.
Senators are set to return to session on Tuesday to consider the measure.
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