House Votes to Increase Stimulus Checks to $2,000

The House of Representatives voted late on Dec. 28 to amend the COVID-19 relief bill to boost direct payments to Americans to $2,000 from $600.A two-thirds majority was required to pass the bill, known as the CASH Act. It passed the Democratic-majority House in a 275–134 vote; the measure now heads to the Republican-majority Senate for consideration.The bill would increase payments for adults and children from $600 to $2,000. People with income of up to $75,000 and married couples with income up to $150,000 would be eligible for the full amount. The amounts would decrease for those earning higher incomes.The measure would also let adult dependents—such as college students or elderly or disabled adults—be eligible for both the $2,000 payments and the $500 payments that were authorized by the March CARES Act.Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said on Monday that he would try to pass the bill on Tuesday.The move comes after President Donald Trump used the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to increase the stimulus payment amount to $2,000 and remove what he called “wasteful spending” from the relief bill.“As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child,” Trump wrote in a White House statement late on Dec. 27.The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 allows the president to make demands to Congress, although Congress ultimately decides whether they will accept his demands and any rescissions and vote on them.

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