Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said no Senate Democrats will object to increasing $600 coronavirus relief stimulus checks to $2,000. He made the announcement Sunday night following President Trump’s decision to sign the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government spending bill passed by Congress last week.
“The House will pass a bill to give Americans $2,000 checks. Then I will move to pass it in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans?” Schumer asked late Sunday:
The House will pass a bill to give Americans $2,000 checks. Then I will move to pass it in the Senate.
No Democrats will object.
Will Senate Republicans?
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 28, 2020
Calling the relief legislation a “down payment on what is needed to crush the virus,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lauded Trump’s decision to sign the bill but called on Trump to “immediately call on Congressional Republicans to end their obstruction and to join him and Democrats in support of our stand-alone legislation to increase direct payment checks to $2,000,” which she said would be brought to the House floor on Monday:
The legislation signed tonight is a down payment on what is needed to crush the virus, put money in Americans’ pockets & honor our heroes. We must quickly take further action to help Americans struggling to stay afloat during this historic pandemic & economic crisis.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 28, 2020
Trump made the announcement Sunday evening, signing the legislation to avoid a government shutdown and restore unemployment benefits to the American people.
However, he emphasized he is signing the bill with what he referred to as a “strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed.”
Breitbart News detailed several of these items, many of which have nothing to do with coronavirus aid, including billions in foreign aid and perks for special interests.
President Donald Trump on Saturday demanded Congress deliver better aid to Americans suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. “Increase payments to the people, get rid of the ‘pork,'” President Trump wrote on Twitter. https://t.co/W49TiVrcws
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 28, 2020
“I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill,” Trump said in a statement, explaining that he is signing the bill to restore unemployment benefits, halt evictions, add PPP, and assist with the distribution of the vaccine.
“On Monday the House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000. Therefore, a family of four would receive $5,200,” he continued, adding that he expects Congress to review Section 230, which “so unfairly benefits Big Tech at the expense of the American people.”