Pelosi And House PAss $1,400 Addition To Stimulus Individual Pay In A Stand-Alone Bill, Thus Giving $2,000 Per Person
Yesterday in a bi-partisan vote, the House added a stand-alone bill with $1,400 added to each person’s stimulus bill to raise the total to $2,000 an individual, and what looks like at this time $2,000 per dependent.
In a 275-134 vote, the House advanced a measure that increases the second wave of direct payments from the current $600 to $2,000 for individuals who make less than $75,000 annually. Families would get an additional $1,400 for each child, bringing the total to $2,000 per individual. Democratic leadership brought the bill up under suspension of the rules to speed up the process; the legislation cleared the two-thirds majority needed for passage.
Is a $ 2,000-second stimulus check still possible? Yes…although it’s not likely. Even though President Trump signed a massive COVID relief and government funding bill that authorizes $600 second-round stimulus checks, Democrats are still pushing for $2,000 payments. The House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats, just passed a bill – the CASH Act of 2020 – that would increase the amount of your second stimulus check from $600 to $2,000 – and do more.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this round of political wrangling over stimulus checks is that President Trump and congressional Democrats are actually on the same side. Both want to increase the second stimulus check amount to $2,000. Democrats didn’t renew their efforts to seek the higher amount until after the president objected to the $600 payments in the COVID relief bill. They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and this is an excellent example of that. Now we’ll have to see if Republicans in the Senate will jump on the bandwagon.
As he signed the stimulus package into law, Trump claimed Sunday that the Senate would consider the $2,000 checks legislation, though GOP leadership has yet to signal whether it’ll bring up the bill. If Republicans decide to hold a vote, the legislation would need support from at least 60 senators, which means Democrats will need to win over a handful of Republicans.
In addition to the 2,000 per child, his bill would also give $500 per child for children who missed out with the first stimulus bill, thus increasing some households’ stimulus checks.
What Will Senate Republicans Do?
We know some Republican senators support higher second stimulus check amounts. For example, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to push for $ 2,000 second stimulus checks before Congress passed the COVID relief bill. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has also expressed support for $2,000 checks. Constituents who are struggling financially because of the pandemic could also pressure Republican senators to get on board. Plus, let’s not forget that President Trump is also behind the effort, which may be enough to trigger a vote for larger payments by some Republican senators.
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York indicated that once the checks bill clears the House, he’ll bring it up on the Senate floor and seek to pass it through unanimous consent. But it takes only one member to object to its passage.
We will sit on this; only time will tell if we will see another $1,400 sent to Americans in need. The good news is we should have an answer before the week is out.
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