USA Today reports:
The House on Monday approved giving Americans weathering the coronavirus pandemic $2,000 stimulus checks, substantially boosting payments from the $600 checks that were set to be given out as part of a COVID-19 relief package that President Donald Trump signed into law Sunday evening.
The bill, which passed in a 275 – 134 vote, needed need support of two-thirds of House members present. The outcome was largely left in the air as Republicans did not whip votes on the measure.
Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., blocked a unanimous consent request by Democrats to increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 despite Trump demanding Congress approve higher stimulus checks.
BREAKING: House passed by 2/3 votes an increase of $600 to $2000 relief check.
It now heads to @senatemajldr led Senate.
It’s in the hands of the GOP to give Americans meaningful relief.
— MARIA TERESA KUMAR #WearAMask (@MariaTeresa1) December 28, 2020