The House vote is in and the bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 has passed as Democrats embraced Donald Trump’s request to put additional money in American’s pockets.
The measure would take the current $600 check amount and boost it to $2000 but only if the Senate now approves it, which is still very much in question. The vote in the House came a day after President Trump signed the more than $2-trillion pandemic aid and full-year government spending bill.
The House passed the measure in a 275-134 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not indicated whether the chamber would even vote on the House bill.
Trump continued to urge the Senate to act. Following the House vote, he tweeted, “Give the people $2000, not $600. They have suffered enough!”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said he would support the larger payments. “I share many of my colleagues’ concern about the long-term effects of additional spending, but we cannot ignore the fact that millions of working-class families across the nation are still in dire need of relief,” Rubio said in a statement on Monday.
Earlier this month, the Senate rejected attempts to pass $1,200 direct payments as part of the relief package.
A Treasury Department official told NBC News on Monday morning that the government was aiming to start delivering stimulus payments by direct deposit by the end of this week. It’s not clear how the vote to increase the check amount in the House and possible vote in the Senate could affect that timetable.