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House passes bill to increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gives an interview at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – RC11FF7BFCF0

The House passed a $2,000 stimulus checks replacement to the $600 direct payments that were included in the recently-enacted $900 billion stimulus bill. The increase was demanded by President Trump but is unlikely to advance in the GOP-controlled Senate.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 275 to 134 on Monday to pass the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help Act (CASH) Act. The legislation would increase the amount of the direct payments included in the $900 billion stimulus deal from $600 to $2,000 and expand the additional bonus for dependents from each dependent under 17 to each dependent of any age.

“The President of the United States has put this forth as something that he wants to see and part of his signing the legislation yesterday,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on the House floor before Monday’s vote. “I hope that view will be shared by the Republicans in the Senate.”

Last week, President Trump criticized the stimulus checks under the current legislation, “asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple.”

In Sunday’s signing statement, the president asserted that the Senate “will start the process for a vote that increases checks to $2,000,” among other demands. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) applauded the president’s signing of the legislation but did not mention any of the president’s demands.

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