House approves boosting COVID stimulus checks to $2,000

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi heads back to her office after leaving the house floor on Dec. 28, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

The House narrowly passed a bill that would increase the amount of money Americans receive in a second round of pandemic relief stimulus payments to $2,000, up from $600.

The final vote tally was 275-134, receiving the two-thirds majority it required under the expedited vote. There were 44 Republicans who voted with Democrats.

Even though Trump supports the measure, a number of Republicans voted against the bill. Its fate remains uncertain in the Senate.

The House vote comes one day after Trump signed the $2.3 trillion spending and COVID-19 relief bill, which included $600 stimulus checks for Americans who make $75,000 or less. Trump initially threatened to hold up the bill last week and said it was a “disgrace.” He spent the next several days calling on Congress to pass a bill that included $2,000 stimulus checks instead.

Democrats took up Trump’s offer last week and attempted to pass a bill that would send Americans $2,000 checks via unanimous consent but that attempt failed over Republican objections. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to bring the bill to the floor for a full recorded vote on Monday.

Even though the bill has now cleared the House, at this point it’s unclear if the Republican-led Senate will bring the bill to the floor for a vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made no promises in his statement Sunday when he commended the president for finally signing the COVID-19 relief bill into law.

Pelosi called on Trump to put more pressure on his party to back the payments.

“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 said in a statement released Sunday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that he would try to pass the legislation in the Senate.

“No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans?” he tweeted. (By Libby Cathey | ABC News)

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