As often happens in Congress, strange bedfellows will join forces today as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) attempt to get their Senate colleagues to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 for Americans making under $75,000. President Donald Trump has demanded that the Senate pass the bill as he wants the payment increased to $2,000.
“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,” according to The Hill.
“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.
“‘Tomorrow, I will move to pass the legislation in the Senate to quickly deliver Americans with $2,000 emergency checks. Every Senate Democrat is for this much-needed increase in emergency financial relief, which can be approved tomorrow if no Republican blocks it – there is no good reason for Senate Republicans to stand in the way,’ Schumer said in a statement.
“‘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.
Of course, as Schumer points out, if McConnell or one of his GOP colleagues blocks the bill today, the payments will remain at $600.
Still, there is Republican support for the increase.
“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Monday that he backs President Trump’s push to increase the direct payments to Americans for COVID-19 relief to $2,000, up from the $600 allocated in the package that Trump signed Sunday,” as also reported by The Hill.
“‘I agree with the President that millions of working-class families are in dire need of additional relief, which is why I support $2,000 in direct payments to Americans struggling due to the pandemic,’ Rubio said in a statement that came shortly before the House voted in support of the increase.
“The Florida senator sided with the president after Trump criticized the relief package passed by Congress last week for not providing enough direct payments to Americans making less than $75,000 per year.”
Please share your thoughts in the comment section on this page. Should the Senate submit to Trump’s demand that Americans’ stimulus payments be raised from $600 to $2,000?