Rep. Dingell: House Appears Poised to Pass Trump-Backed $2,000 Stimulus Checks
The House of Representatives appears poised to pass the $2,000 stimulus checks called for by President Donald Trump, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) said Saturday.
epublican leadership blocked the proposal to increase the direct payments from $600 last week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she’d bring the increased payments to a vote on Monday.
“Republicans objected to passing it. We’re coming back in on Monday and we will vote on it again,” Dingell said on MSNBC’s “Velshi.”
“I’m not quite sure, I think everybody’s trying to figure out the parliamentary procedure, but I do believe it’ll pass the House,” she added. “So, Mr. President, talk to your Republican Senate, talk to your Republican leader. Let’s get this done for the American people.”
Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said Republicans would support the upped payments if Pelosi agrees to remove some of the so-called pork from the $1.4 trillion government funding package. Funding for “gender programs” in Pakistan is an example critics have used.
Congress passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package and the government funding package last week. Afterwards, Trump asked Congress to remove some of the questionable spending in the funding package, and increase the amount of the direct payments.
“What the president is saying is, make America first. Make America the priority. So stop funding foreign projects in a COVID relief bill, knock that out, and take that money and use it to fund the—and give the American people a $2,000 check. If Nancy Pelosi does that, I think she’ll get overwhelming Republican support,” Buck said on “Fox & Friends.”
Republicans have accused Pelosi and other Democrats of ignoring the president’s request to cut down on foreign aid and other items critics say isn’t necessary.
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