House passes bill to raise incentive check to $ 2,000

The US House of Representatives voted Monday to raise a bill $ 600 incentive checks for $ 2,000, 275 members voted for the bill and 134 voted against it. The bill required a two-thirds majority of the voting members to pass the House.

But it faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where President Trump’s desk bill also requires a two-thirds majority. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not indicated whether he will vote on the big checks.

Senator Bernie Sanders, a supporter of the $ 2,000 check, called on McConnell to bring votes to the floor. He tweeted If McConnell does not bring the vote to a floor, he will object to the vote to override Mr. Trump’s veto of the defense funding bill. Although Sanders cannot prevent the veto override, he can extend it beyond New Year’s Day – which would be a major headache for the GOP.

Mr. Trump last week gave Americans a $ 600 check by raising an incentive check from $ 2,000, threatening to not sign the COUID-19 relief economic relief package from Congress. But on Sunday night, President Gave in and signed the law.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi immediately jumped on the $ 2,000 check at the president’s insistence and established Monday’s vote on the floor of the House.

Kovid-19 meets House members to consider increasing incentive payments after President Trump signs relief bill
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) heads to the floor of the house on December 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump signed into law a COVID relief bill and government money bill on Sunday night, which led to the government shutdown.

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Nearly all Democrats voted for legislation to raise the check, and the majority of the members who voted against the increase are Republicans.

A handful of Senate Republicans, including Senator Josh Hawley and Trump’s aide Senator Lindsey Graham, have supported the idea of ​​a large stimulus check for all Americans, but it is likely to meet friction from more conservative members of the party.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

-Kimberly Brown contributed reporting.


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