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House approves $2K COVID stimulus checks as requested by Trump

House approves $2K COVID stimulus checks as requested by Trump
The vote ramps up pressure on Senate Republicans who are unlikely to follow suit despite President Trump’s support for the sizable direct payments.

The House voted Monday to issue $2,000 coronavirus stimulus checks to most American taxpayers, ramping up pressure on Senate Republicans who are unlikely to follow suit despite President Trump’s support for the sizable direct payments.In a rare holiday House session, 231 Democrats were joined by 44 of their Republican colleagues in voting for a measure that would tweak the nearly $1 trillion stimulus package signed into law by Trump on Sunday so that its proposed $600 stimulus checks are bumped up to $2,000.It’s not clear if Senate Republicans led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will even consider the measure, with plenty of conservatives in the upper chamber claiming the beefed-up stimulus checks are too costly.The outgoing president threatened last week to veto the $908 billion economic rescue package because he said he suddenly wanted it to include $2,000 checks, even though his chief stimulus negotiator, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Republican leaders had maintained for months that such large payments were non-starters.

However, after holding up the sorely-needed relief package for nearly a week, Trump caved Sunday night and signed the $908 billion measure despite the lack of $2,000 checks.), who represents parts of Long Island and was a big proponent of $2,000 checks, said before the vote that he’s hopeful that the supplement would be attached to the stimulus before the payments are expected to start being issued by the Internal Revenue Service next week.

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