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The Democratically-run US House of Representatives voted between 275 and 134 to meet President Donald Trump’s call for $ 2,000 COVID-19 relief checks on Monday, sending the measure off into an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate.
But even as the Democrats helped get approval for what the Republican president was calling for stimulus payments, they soon led a House vote to veto a separate defense policy bill worth $ 740 billion. Override dollars. The reprimand in Trump’s final weeks of office would be the first veto on his presidency if supported by the Senate this week.
Trump last week threatened to block a massive pandemic aid and spending package if Congress didn’t increase stimulus payments from $ 600 to $ 2,000 and cut other spending. He stepped down on Sunday as a possible government shutdown emerged as a result of the battle with lawmakers.
But Democratic lawmakers have long wanted much bigger facilitation controls and used the rare point of reaching an agreement with Trump to push the proposal forward – or at least record Republicans against it – in the vote on Monday, less than a month before Trump’s departure from office.
ISSUE AND CORONAVIRUS AID PACKAGE
The 275 votes for adoption meant that the economic stimulus proposal just exceeded two thirds of the votes cast. A total of 130 Republicans, two Independents and two Democrats opposed the increased controls on Monday.
Trump, who lost the November election to Democratic challenger Joe Biden but refused to admit defeat, finally signed the $ 2.3 trillion package on Sunday night after stopping it with a disguised threat of veto. But he continued to ask for checks for $ 2,000. The $ 2.3 trillion includes $ 1.4 trillion for funding government agencies and $ 892 billion for COVID-19 relief.
It’s not clear how the move to increase aid controls will play out in the Senate, where some Republican lawmakers have complained that the higher amount would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the recent aid bill.
An increase in checks would cost $ 464 billion, according to the Joint Tax Committee, which estimates the legislation before Congress.
The Senate is due to meet on Tuesday, and Senate Democratic chairman Chuck Schumer said he would then move the Higher Check Bill to be passed in the House where Republicans have a majority. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell failed to mention the Senate’s plans for such a vote on Sunday after welcoming Trump’s signing of the relief bill.
Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent advocate for higher direct payments to Americans, threatened to prevent the Senate from backing out for the New Year holiday until McConnell agreed to vote on the $ 2,000 check.
The coronavirus pandemic killed nearly 330,000 people in the U.S. and created widespread economic hardship. Millions of families depend on unemployment benefits and COVID-19 aid.
Global markets revived after Trump approved the package. Wall Street major indices hit record highs on Monday as Trump’s signing of the relief bill bolstered bets on economic recovery and led to gains in financial and energy stocks.
PELOSI: “REPUBLICANS HAVE A CHOICE”
During the floor debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Republicans have a choice, vote for this legislation, or vote to deny the American people the bigger paychecks they need.”
Democratic representative Dan Kildee said, “We would have put much larger payments into the legislation if he (Trump) had spoken earlier. But it’s never too late to do the right thing.”
When asked at the end of an event in Wilmington, Delaware whether he supports expanding coronavirus payments to $ 2,000, Biden replied, “Yes.”
Georgia Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, facing crucial Senate runoff elections next month that will determine who controls the chamber, welcomed Trump’s move without saying whether payments should be increased.
Republican representative Kevin Brady said the bill won’t help people get back to work. “I worry that as we are spending half a trillion dollars now, we’re not targeting this aid to the Americans who are struggling the most and who need it,” he said.
The U.S. Treasury Department expects to send the first wave of $ 600 stimulus checks to individuals and households as early as this week, as previously planned, a senior finance official said Monday.
Unemployment benefits, which was paid to around 14 million people on Saturday as part of pandemic programs, has expired but will resume after Trump signed the law.
The aid package extends an eviction moratorium that expires on December 31, updates support for small business payrolls, provides funding to help reopen schools, and support the transportation industry and vaccine distribution.
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