Updated: March 4, 2021
The United States House of Representatives on Monday voted to increase the stimulus checks set to go out to most American households in the coming weeks from $600 to $2,000 as demanded by President Donald J. Trump.
The measure is almost a trap for most Republican lawmakers. If they vote against it, they will be in a bad position just eight days to the Georgia runoffs that will determine control of the Senate, and will be on record as voting against sending more money to the American people. But, if they vote for the bill, they may face criticisms from their constituents who may accuse them of increasing the national debt.
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Most Republicans have signaled that they will vote against $2,000 checks to Americans.
The bill passed on a 275-134 vote, with forty four Republicans joining the vast majority of Democrats to say yes for more money to Americans who have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump signed the COVID-19 relief and government spending bill on Sunday, but vowed to keep pushing for larger checks to the Americans.
But most Republicans oppose more money to Americans, because that would add several hundred billion dollars to the aid bill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) embraced Trump’s call for larger checks after Trump threatened not to sign the bill unless there was more money going to the Americans.