The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is predicted to go a invoice Monday night to extend direct coronavirus aid funds to some individuals to $2,000, however the measure faces an uphill battle within the Republican-run Senate, despite support from President Donald Trump.
The House is predicted to vote on the invoice, which might improve the $600 in direct funds to those that earned lower than $75,000 final yr to $2,000, at round 5 p.m. ET.
Trump insisted on growing the funds after his administration struck a deal for the $600 checks as a part of a coronavirus aid and finances bundle, 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 an announcement Sunday saying that he had finally signed the $2.3 trillion Covid-19 aid and authorities funding bundle.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted the complement would go the House.
“Then I will move to pass it in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans?” Schumer tweeted.
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 affix him and Democrats in assist of our stand-alone laws to extend direct fee checks to $2,000.”
“Every Republican vote towards this invoice is a vote to disclaim the monetary hardship that households face and to disclaim the American individuals the aid they want,” Pelosi stated.
Dareh Gregorian is a politics reporter for NBC News.