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Last week President Trump ripped Congress for only offering $600 relief checks, and called for $2,000 checks, calling the current bill a “disgrace.”
Congress initially failed to revise the bill, which Trump reluctantly signed alongside a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. Afterwards Rep. Richard Neal introduced a bill only a few pages in length that modifies the relief bill Trump just signed to increase the size of checks to $2,000 from $600.
Last night that bill passed the House by a vote of 275 to 134. Because the bill was brought up using an expedited procedure, it required a two-thirds majority to pass.
The bill would give $2,000 to everyone who learns less than $75,000. The money won’t count as taxable income.
It now must pass the Senate in order to be signed into law by President Trump. It could take multiple days for a vote if Mitch McConnell announces plan to bring the bill up for a formal vote, while Chuck Schumer said he’ll ask for unanimous content today to pass the measure.
Trump tweeted this morning of the legislation: “Give the people $2000, not $600. They have suffered enough!”
UPDATE: Since publication, Mitch McConnell has blocked Schumer’s bid to unanimously pass $2,000 checks.
Author: Matt Palumbo
Source: Bongino : House Passes Bill Increasing Stimulus Checks to $2,000