House Republicans blocked a Democratic bill on Thursday to provide direct checks for $ 2,000 to individuals the following Thursdaya newly adopted change Ease of use to increase direct payments to $ 2,000, including $ 4,000 for a couple. House Republicans blocked the proposal, which Democrats were trying to unanimously pass, but spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said there would be a full House vote on the measure next week.
“Today, Christmas Eve morning, the Republicans of the House cruelly withdrew from the American people the $ 2,000 the president was willing to support. If the president takes the $ 2,000 direct payments seriously, he must urge the Republicans of the House to end their disability “Pelosi said in a statement Thursday morning. “On Monday, I will be taking the house back to a meeting where we will have a recorded vote on our standalone bill to increase the economic impact payments to $ 2,000.”
Mr Trump traveled to his Mar-a-Lago Golf Club in Florida on Wednesday night, where he is expected to stay over the Christmas break. Pelosi said she hoped Mr. Trump would sign the current relief bill that Congress passed this week to prevent the government from closing and to provide much-needed assistance to suffering Americans.
Democratic Congressman Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the Caring for Americans with Complementary Aid (CASH) Act Thursday, increasing direct payments to $ 2,000. House majority leader Steny Hoyer unanimously tried to get the bill to speak, but was blocked over opposition from minority leader Kevin McCarthy. Only one Republican, Congressman Rob Whittman, had to be on the floor of the house to block the bill.
Mr Trump stated in a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday that he would not sign ithappened on Monday from both Houses of Congress. The package offers for adults up to $ 75,000 per year per child, and $ 2,400 for a family of four.
The president’s request came after weeks of negotiations, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin playing an active role in setting the final numbers before the relief bill and a blanket spending package were passed by an overwhelming majority. With a vote on Thursday, the Democrats will attempt to call Mr. Trump’s bluff and force Republicans to resist raising direct payments from $ 600 to $ 2,000.
Mr Trump’s possible refusal to sign the current bill could have dire consequences, especially if Congress cannot convene until after Christmas to override a possible veto. The bill renewed the auxiliary provisions that are due to expire at the end of the month, such as B. Critical emergency work programs and an eviction moratorium.
When these programs are allowed to run roughlywill lose unemployment benefits the day after Christmas. The bill also included an additional $ 300 a week in unemployment insurance; Small business help; Funding for testing, tracking and distribution of vaccines; extra cash to increase SNAP benefits; and help for airlines and transportation.
Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues on Wednesday that Republicans had told her and Senate minority leader Schumer that they would not accept direct payments over $ 600.
“In the bipartisan negotiations, Fuehrer Schumer and I repeatedly asked Republicans what number the president would most accept for direct payments, and they responded with sphinx-like silence. In the negotiations they would never go beyond $ 600 and in some cases suggested $ 500 “said Pelosi.
Even if the House were able to pass the bill in the House next week, it’s unlikely to get passed in the Senate. GOP Senator Ron Johnson twice blocked proposals from Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Senator Josh Hawley to provide direct checks worth $ 1,200 last week. Johnson argued that spending money on direct checks would increase the deficit and “mortgage our children’s futures”.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch ally of the president, said in one TweetWednesday that he supports Mr. Trump’s “demand to increase direct payments to long-suffering Americans to $ 2,000 per person.” However, it is still unclear whether McConnell would even submit such a bill.
Mr Trump has also linked the $ 900 billion aid proposal to the $ 1.4 trillion omnibus funding bill, and criticized some of the parts on the omnibus that his own administration requested. In a letter to Republican colleagues on Wednesday, McCarthy said he would table a bill to unanimously allay Mr Trump’s concerns about the omnibus, which is likely to be blocked by Democrats. Mr Trump’s refusal to sign the omnibus could also result in a government shutdown.
The bipartisan CARES Act, passed by Congress in March, provided for direct checks of $ 1,200 for adults and $ 500 for children. The house passedin May the This would have allowed adults and children to make direct payments of $ 1,200 with up to $ 6,000 per household.
McConnell declined to bring the HEROES bill into the Senate because it was too big and contained too many provisions unrelated to the coronavirus. Mr Trump also slammed the bill, saying the inclusion of direct funding for state and local governments is a bailout for blue states.
The House then passed a revised $ 2 trillion version of the HEROES bill in October that still included the direct payments. However, McConnell still refused to bring the legislation to the Senate and instead tried to pass a targeted $ 500 billion bill that did not include direct payments.