By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: United States House of Representatives (Information):
Washington, District of Columbia: The United States House of Representatives failed to advance a measure on Thursday, December 24th, 2020 to increase amount in stimulus checks in the COVID-19 Relief Package to $2,000 or $4,000 for couple.
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Democrats in the United States House of Representatives tried to quickly pass the bill by a unanimous consent request Thursday morning, but Republicans in the United States House of Representatives rejected the move, a move that leaves the COVID-19 Relief Package’s status in doubt.
Democrats favored the United States President Donald Trump’s demanded United States Congress to increase in stimulus checks when he spoke about the recently approved COVID-19 Relief Package in a video posted to The White House social media pages on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020, but couldn’t move forward without unanimous consent.
“Believe it or not, Democrats agree with the president. At least to the extent that we need to sign this bill now. $600 is certainly not enough for individuals who have been struggling these past 7 months. It isn’t enough to provide the boost our economy needs,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Thursday.
United States President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans, who oppose the higher amount, blocked the stimulus check effort.
Even if the United States House of Representatives was able to pass the bill by unanimous consent, with no Republicans offering opposition, it is unlikely that it will pass in the United States Senate.
United States Senate Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have opposed larger $2,000 checks as too costly and poorly targeted.
Ron Johnson, United States Senator from Wisconsin, twice last week blocked proposals by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Senator Josh Hawley to provide $1,200 direct checks, arguing that spending money on direct checks would increase the deficit, and amount to “mortgaging our kids’ future.”
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, said on Thursday that she will summon lawmakers back to work on Monday, December 28th, 2020 to vote on a bill that increases COVID-19 stimulus payments to $2,000.
“Today, on Christmas Eve morning, House Republicans cruelly deprived the American people of the $2,000 that the President agreed to support. If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction. To vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny them the relief they need,” Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, said in a statement.
At this moment, The White House or United States President Donald Trump in Florida hasn’t yet responded on Thursday on the blockage.
Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the COVID-19 relief package and stimulus checks payments.