The House voted on Monday to increase the amount in the stimulus checks to $2,000 after President Trump called to increase check amounts from $600 to $2,000.
The House passed the bill 275-134, needing 2/3rds to pass. The bill passed by a narrow margin, reaching the 2/3rds majority by only three votes. Only 44 House Republicans voted for the bill.
The bill’s fate lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has not said whether he will take the bill despite the President’s stance on it.
The vote came after President Trump signed the coronavirus relief bill on Sunday.
“As President of the United States it is my responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship that was caused by the China Virus,” said Trump in a press release after signing the coronavirus relief bill.
“As president, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child,” said Trump.
“I will sign the Omnibus and COVID package with a strong message that makes it clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed,” said Trump. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.”
“I am signing the bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more,” said Trump.
“Likewise, the House and Senate have agreed to focus strongly on the very substantial voter fraud that took place in the November 3 Presidental election,” Trump added.
“The Senate will start the process for a vote that increases checks to $2,000, repeals Section 230, and starts an investigation into voter fraud,” concluded Trump.
Trump had previously slammed the bill for “wasteful spending” in a video he posted on his Twitter, referring to the bill as a disgrace.
“I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple,” said Trump. “I’m also asking Congress to get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and send me a suitable bill.”
The bill will include $600 stimulus checks per person. Congress had planned on voting on a standalone bill increasing the check amounts to $2000 per person per the request of President Trump sometime this week.
The bill includes billions of dollars in foreign aid, including $1.3 billion to Egypt, $700 million to Sudan and $453 million to Ukraine. The bill also includes $40 million to a closed Kennedy Center.
The bill also cuts border wall funding and border patrol funding, extends CARES and COVID-relief payments to family members of illegal immigrants, and gives $33 million to Venezuela’s dictatorship.