Last Updated on December 28, 2020
The United States House of Representatives voted Monday to increase the amount of COVID lockdown relief direct stimulus payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000, caving to President Donald Trump’s demand of fair treatment for the American people.
The bill was passed by the required two-thirds majority in the House, and will now move on to the Senate where the legislation may be stymied by neoliberal Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell has sparred with the President on multiple occasions over the amount of direct payments included in the relief bill.
President Donald Trump has been very critical of the “COVID relief bill” and its paltry $600 direct stimulus proposal, and refused to sign the legislation before meeting with Republican leadership and urging them to vote to secure higher payments.
On Sunday, President Trump released a statement accompanying the news of his decision to sign the bill, in which he detailed the list of demands he has out forth to the Congress:
President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he has signed the congressional $900 billion COVID stimulus “relief bill” which offers only $600 to American families, but made clear in an accompanying statement that he will fight to ensure the Senate and House secure $2,000 per American in an additional stimulus, as well as a revamp of Section 230 and investigations into voter fraud.
Several meetings between prominent Republican senators and President Trump over the weekend also appear to have proven fruitful, as the statement concluded, “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. Additionally, Congress has promised that Section 230, which so unfairly benefits Big Tech at the expense of the American people, will be reviewed and either be terminated or substantially reformed.”
Additional items of importance to the President, including revisions to Section 230 protection for Big Tech monopolies, and more serious investigations into widespread allegations of election fraud, will reportedly be up for vote in the House and Senate in the immediate future.
Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has announced that he will bring it before the Senate floor tomorrow.