House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House of Representatives will vote on a bill to send $2,000 stimulus checks to Americans on Monday to replace the $600 checks included in the coronavirus stimulus and government funding package President Donald Trump signed Sunday night.
The Monday vote will force House Republicans to go on the record on whether to increase the price tag on the stimulus checks after the president demanded they do so. “I simply want to get our great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill,” Trump said in a tweet Saturday.
In her announcement, Pelosi urged Trump to call on Republicans to “join him and Democrats” in supporting the measure.
“Now, the President must immediately call on Congressional Republicans to end their obstruction and to join him and Democrats in support of our stand-alone legislation to increase direct payment checks to $2,000, which will be brought to the Floor tomorrow,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday night.
“Every Republican vote against this bill is a vote to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny the American people the relief they need,” she added.
The bill the House will vote on Monday was first introduced by Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, of Massachusetts. It’s just a few pages long and simply changes the passages in the stimulus Trump just signed that say $600 to $2,000.
The Senate will still have to agree to boost the checks if the bill passes the House.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday he will aim to swiftly pass the $2,000 checks through the Senate if it makes it through the House.
“The House will pass a bill to give Americans $2,000 checks,” He said in a Sunday tweet. “Then I will move to pass it in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans?”
The House will pass a bill to give Americans $2,000 checks. Then I will move to pass it in the Senate.
No Democrats will object.
Will Senate Republicans?
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 28, 2020