The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-134 to meet President Donald Trump’s demand for $ 2,000 COVID-19 relief checks on Monday and passed the measure on to an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Trump last week threatened to block a massive pandemic aid and spending package if Congress did not increase stimulus payments from $ 600 to $ 2,000 and reduce other spending. He withdrew from his demands on Sunday when a possible suspension from the government caused by the fight with legislators threatened.
But Democratic lawmakers have long wanted $ 2,000 relief checks and used the rare point of agreement with Trump to put forward the proposal – or at least put Republicans in minutes against it – in Monday’s vote.
One hundred and thirty Republicans, two independents and two Democrats opposed the increase on Monday.
Trump finally signed the $ 2.3 trillion package in law, while still demanding $ 2,000 checks.
That includes $ 1.4 trillion in government spending and $ 892 billion in COVID relief.
It is not clear how the measure to increase aid controls will go in the Senate, where individual Republican lawmakers have said the higher amount would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the latest bill.
The Senate will be convened on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday made no mention of the Senate’s plans for a vote, after welcoming Trump’s signing of the aid.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed nearly 330,000 people in the United States and led to widespread economic hardship, with millions of families relying on unemployment benefits and COVID tools.