Fate of $2,000 checks now rests with GOP-led Senate

The House of Representatives approved raising direct stimulus payments to $2,000 for Americans last night. With overwhelming support from Democrats and a good chunk of Republicans the measure now heads for the United States Senate.

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s push for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks now rests with the Senate after the House voted overwhelmingly to meet the president’s demand to increase the $600 stipends, but Republicans have shown little interest in boosting spending.

The outcome is highly uncertain heading into Tuesday’s session. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has declined to publicly address how he plans to handle the issue. But Democrats, sharing a rare priority with Trump, have seized on the opportunity to force Republicans into a difficult vote of either backing or defying the outgoing president.

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