Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California., September 28, 2020.
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The House will vote Monday to raise a second round of federal direct payments to $ 2,000 as Democrats call for President Donald Trump to put more money in Americans’ pockets.
The measure would boost coronovirus relief at the end of the year and incentive checks from $ 600 to $ 2,000 in government funding packages. The vote comes a day after Trump signed a $ 2 trillion pandemic aid and a full-year government spending bill.
Last week, the president called the law an “insult”. After meeting Congress, he waited for days to sign the package. Trump claimed that he opposed the bill – which his Treasury Secretary helped negotiate and that included many of his White House budget priorities – because it included too little direct money and too much foreign aid to Americans.
Trump has pushed for a $ 2,000 payment in recent times. Explaining his decision to sign the law on Sunday, he said the House and potential Senate could move to approve large cash deposits. However, most Republicans in the GOP-held Senate have also opposed the $ 1,200 check.
Trump’s gambit supported an eight-month effort in Washington to send another round of coronovirus relief. Americans waited months for more help following financial lifelines that assisted them through the early months of the summer-ending epidemic. Trump’s delay in signing the year-end bill expires an estimated 14 million unemployed Americans to one week of unemployment benefits after two major relief programs.
The president’s signature halted the government shutdown beginning Tuesday. More delays would also have jeopardized a federal eviction postponement, which the bill expands a month until 31 January.
Democrats have called the relief bill a down payment and plan to push for more aid after the presidential election. Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20. As he called for large direct payments throughout the aid negotiations, he jumped on the president’s support for a $ 2,000 deposit.
In a statement on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, called on Trump to put more pressure on his party to return the payment during Monday’s vote.
“Every Republican vote against this bill is a vote to avoid the financial hardship that families face and to deprive the American people of the relief they need,” she said.
In his own statement on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Q. Said, “They are happy that the American people will get this much needed help as our country is struggling with this epidemic.” However, he did not mention any plans to bring the $ 2,000 payment bill if the House passes it.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said Sunday that he would try to pass legislation in the Senate.
“No Democrat will object. Will the Senate be Republican?” He tweeted.
House Democrats already tried to pass a unanimous $ 2,000 payment during a pro-form session on Thursday. However, the vote failed because House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, did not approve it.
The chamber will hold a full vote on Monday. It would require two-thirds of the support to pass under a process that allows the House to vote on legislation more quickly.
Earlier this month, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Twice rejected efforts to unanimously pass $ 1,200 direct payments to the Senate. Sensor. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Pushed for checks as part of the relief package.
Schumer’s move to pressure Senate Republicans comes as two GOP incumbents – Censor David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler – compete in Georgia on Jan. 5. Control of the Senate will determine and shape the success of Biden’s agenda. Democrats have made the epidemic a major issue in the race.
The $ 900 billion epidemic aid portion of the law includes $ 600 payments in mid-March with a $ 300 per week federal unemployment insurance supplement. It expands programs that can increase the number of weeks freelance, gigs and self-employed workers receive benefits and people receiving insurance.
The bill puts more than $ 300 billion into small business aid, mostly in the form of excusable paycheck protection program loans. It creates a $ 25 billion rental aid fund.
This includes more than $ 8 billion for Kovid-19 vaccine distribution and $ 20 billion for making shots free to Americans. It also puts $ 82 billion in education as schools struggle to reopen, and $ 45 billion in transportation, including airline payroll support.
The relief package does not add money to state and local government relief, which Democrats and many Republicans support as a measure to prevent layoffs. However, GOP leaders have opposed approving aid from Coronavirus-related lawsuits without creating a shield for businesses.
After Biden took office, Democrats plan to launch another round for state and local aid and other payment measures.
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