The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is anticipated to move a invoice Monday night to extend direct coronavirus reduction funds to some folks to $2,000, however the measure faces an uphill battle within the Republican-run Senate, regardless of assist from President Donald Trump.
The House is anticipated to vote on the invoice, which might enhance the $600 in direct funds to those that earned lower than $75,000 final 12 months to $2,000, at round 5 p.m. ET.
Trump insisted on rising the funds after his administration struck a deal for the $600 checks as a part of a coronavirus reduction and authorities spending package deal, which handed each chambers of Congress final week.
“I simply want to get our great people $2,000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill,” the president tweeted over the weekend from his Florida resort.
Trump cited the scheduled House vote in a press release Sunday asserting that he had lastly signed the $2.3 trillion Covid-19 reduction and authorities funding package deal.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted the complement would move the House.
“Then I will move to pass it in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans?” Schumer tweeted.
Schumer told reporters on Monday that he would try to pass the bill by unanimous consent on Tuesday — a procedure that would allow the bill to advance only if there are no objections.
“Every Senate Democrat is for it, however sadly, we don’t have already the Republicans on board,” Schumer said, before urging Trump to change that dynamic.
“These Senate Republicans have already adopted you thru thick and skinny. Get them now to behave and to assist the $2,000 checks,” Schumer said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., praised Trump for signing the bill on Sunday night, but made no mention of a possible vote on the additional relief in his statement.
Roy Blunt of Missouri, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, told reporters last week that even if the measure came up for a vote in the Senate, it would not reach the 60-vote threshold needed for passage.
In a statement on Sunday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged the president to “instantly name on congressional Republicans to finish their obstruction and to hitch him and Democrats in assist of our stand-alone laws to extend direct cost checks to $2,000.”
“Every Republican vote in opposition to this invoice is a vote to disclaim the monetary hardship that households face and to disclaim the American folks the reduction they want,” Pelosi stated.