Progressive membersSquadIn the House of Representatives on Thursday they submitted their own invoice to send $ 2,000 in incentive checks to Americans after President Trump This week requested the $ 600 checks listed in CongressIncrease the stimulus package to this number.
The legislation was led by Representatives Ayana Presley, de Massachusetts. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mitch; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y .; Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota; And Paramela Jayapal de Wash. This came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, said the House of Representatives would meet on Monday to vote on stand-alone legislation for $ 2,000 incentive checks.
“This holiday season, families are forced to make very difficult decisions, such as whether they should keep their lights on or buy groceries,” Talib said in a statement. “Providing $ 2,000 in survival checks will give those who are now struggling a lifeline as we continue the fight to defeat COVID-19. It is time for Trump to stop cheating and put his party members in line so the government can provide this long overdue.” Relief for people across the country during this time of greatest need. “
“We have been struggling all the time to conduct robust survival checks to help people meet their basic needs, and the broad support that has emerged is testament to the strength of people and the urgency of this moment,” Presley added. $ 2,000 directly cash aid will help families weather the crisis while We continue to fight for additional relief that meets the scale and scale of the hurt many feel. Let’s get it done. “
The bill of “band” members differs from a separate bill presented by Representative Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, that would essentially do the same thing. Neal’s bill would simply change the numbers in the coronavirus stimulus bill to $ 2,000 instead of $ 600, and would only go into effect if the stimulus and government funding package that Congress recently sent to the president is signed into law. The printed legislation has been airlifted to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump spends Christmas.
However, the “Squad” bill is independent of the rest of the incentives and directly modifies the wording of the Internal Revenue Act as it currently stands after the incentive Congress passed earlier this year. So this law can be enacted on its own.
Regardless of the legislation the House passes on stimulus checks, it faces a tough road in the Senate. Republicans have been in the upper room on a different page than the president’s throughout the coronavirus stimulus effort and widely opposed to $ 2,000 checks.
Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, said, “I would be surprised if we dealt with” a batch of Democrats for $ 2,000 checks.
On Monday, Democrats will vote after 3pm on greater stimulus measures and will also vote to override Trump’s veto on the National Defense Authorization Act. House Republicans blocked efforts by Democrats to present $ 2,000 checks on the ground on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Democrats blocked Republican efforts to address the other part of Trump’s twin objections to the government spending package – foreign aid. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California accused Democrats of “a selective hearing” because they only want to process checks and not foreign aid.
Trump’s apparent decision not to sign the massive coronavirus stimulus package and government funding package that lawmakers have sent him puts the government at risk of closing again.
The government is currently working on a temporary one-week bill that was solely intended to give Trump time to sign the funding package, which lawmakers said they had reassured of.
Trump may also use a rare veto over the legislation. The current congressional session ends on January 3, which means that if Trump does not sign or veto spending and stimulus before that, it basically fades, and returns Congress to square one.
Some in Congress still hope Trump will sign government spending and the coronavirus aid package. But it is not clear exactly what the president’s plans are.
“I have no idea what he’s planning to do,” Blunt said on Thursday.
Jason Donner of Fox News contributed to this report.