SCHUMER TO TRY TO PASS $2K STIMULUS CHECKS BILL TUESDAY

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will try to pass legislation on Tuesday to increase the amount of the stimulus checks included in a recently signed coronavirus package from $600 to $2,000.Schumer’s effort, which he announced on Monday night, comes after the House passed the legislation in a bipartisan 275-134 vote, kicking the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate.

“There’s strong support for these $2,000 emergency checks from every corner of the country – Leader McConnell ought to make sure Senate Republicans do not stand in the way of helping to meet the needs of American workers and families who are crying out for help,” he added.

The support for raising the amount of direct assistance included as part of the $2.3 trillion package – which includes $1.4 trillion to fund the government and $900 billion for coronavirus relief – has gained steam since President Trump urged Congress to increase the amount of the stimulus checks included in the deal from $600 to $2,000.

The Hill

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