The vote in the House was 275-134 in favor of giving most Americans a one-time check of $2000. This is clearly a gigantic bump up from the initial plan of $600.
Here’s the scoop, via Fox Business:
On Sunday, President Trump signed a $900 billion relief appropriation, which calls for $600 direct payments to Americans. The president initially said he would not approve the measure, motivated by resistance rooted partially in the size of the direct payments.Advertisement - story continues below
He has, however, continued to advocate for increasing those payments to $2,000, and Democrats largely agree. Some Republicans, however, are wary of ballooning federal spending figures.
A senior Treasury Department official told NBC News on Monday that the government was still aiming to start delivering stimulus payments to direct deposit accounts at the end of this week. It is unclear how the timetable could be affected if the measure to hike payment amounts passes the Senate.
House narrowly approves bill to cut $2,000 stimulus checks
The vote was 275 to 134. But they needed 2/3 to pass the bill. With 409 members voting, they needed 272 yeas.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 28, 2020
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