The US House of Representatives voted Monday to raise a bill, 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.
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.
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.