House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the Dec. 28 vote on Thursday after an attempt to quickly approve the $ 600 to $ 2,000 increase through a method known as unanimous consent was blocked by House Republicans. House Democrats also rejected a Republican request for unanimous consent during the same short session, allowing both sides to regroup.
“If the president is serious about $ 2,000 direct payments, he should call on House Republicans to end their obstruction,” Pelosi said in a statement. Monday, I will return Parliament to the session where we will have a recorded vote on our standalone law to increase payments for the economic impact to $ 2,000 … Hopefully by then the president will haveto keep the government open and provide help with the coronavirus. “
On Dec. 28, the House is also expected to attempt to override Trump’s veto of a $ 740 billion defense bill also passed in the Senate, relaunching an emergency bill to fund the government in the short term and a costly prevent closure.
Republican Senator Roy Blunt said on Thursday that the Senate would not approve the Democrats ‘$ 2,000 stimulus check, which would push the COVID-19 relief portion’s total well past the Republicans’ $ 1 trillion ceiling.
“The best way to get out of this is for the president to sign the bill and I still hope he decides that,” Blunt said, according to The Hill.
As of Thursday, Trump has not explicitly said that he intends to veto the stimulus bill, which is part of a larger omnibus tied to federal funding for 2021. The two parts have been passed as a unit by Congress and can be cannot be separated. It is not clear whether Trump plans to return to the White House to sign the overarching law, even if a $ 2,000 direct payment replaced the current $ 600 total.
Trump is currently at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Springs, Florida and, according to reports, will return on January 1 at the earliest. However, according to a White House press agenda tweeted by CNN’s Jerry Diamond, his agenda includes many meetings and phone calls.
Trump’s geography is creating a ripple for the stimulus bill. Without the president’s signature, it would be an automatic veto. With the timing so close to the end of the current parliamentary term (the new session will be sworn in on Jan. 3), the House and Senate may have too little time to lift the veto, effectively forcing the new Congress to start over .
They are not curtains yet. Trump – who came abruptly in Octoberabout the stimulus bill while , to offer a deal three days later – he could change his mind. The president’s video address sparked a whirlwind of political analysis as to what could happen next with the bill and the it contains, and what can Congress do about it so close to the end of the session before the next Congress is sworn in on January 3.
Even if the House of Representatives has a self-contained bill with afor up to $ 2,000 per adult, would it become a law? And when? What would that mean for the $ 600 stimulus check currently in limbo with the $ 900 billion stimulus package Trump now has ? This story is often updated with new information.
The amount of the $ 2,000 stimulus check is not new
Since the spring, several Democrats have proposed a $ 2000 incentive check, including Vice President Senator Kamala Harris, sens. Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey and a one-time presidential hopeful (and now hopeful New York mayor) Andrew Yang. Some supporters of this figure have even suggested sending checks on a monthly rather than one-time basis.
What if Congress doesn’t change the stimulus law?
There’s a lot of dialogue about this right now, but here are some simplified options:
- Trump could sign the $ 900 billion anyway. The Incentive Act and the Financing Memorandum for 2021 are linked.
- Trump could live up to his threat by actively vetoing the stimulus package.
- He could passively refuse to sign it (aka a pocket veto). If Congress doesn’t deliver the full bill to Trump by the end of the day, they are not expected to have enough time to override the veto. This requires a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, a margin that both houses have already cleared but may not have time to vote on.
- If the bill fails, the new parliamentary term, which starts on January 3, must start again.
Biden has already committed to a new incentive bill and third incentive check
Most American leaders seem like theas a stepping stone to a larger aid package in 2021, one that might be able to do that and other provisions that Republicans and Democrats agreed to omit this round to strike a critical deal.
“This bill is just the first step, a down payment, to address the crisis – crises, more than one – we find ourselves in,” President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday, emphasizing that.
If the $ 900 billion stimulus bill becomes law, how soon could the benefits materialize?
Aid was likely to begin to go out within a week or two of the law being officially passed, with certain funding programs potentially getting financial aid before the end of 2020. On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave the goal of sending payments through next weekto people who qualify for one to receive their payment intended to bring direct cash flow to tens of millions of Americans. And the $ 300 unemployment checks will restart on December 26.
If the bill signing is delayed, the timeline can shift as agencies need time to set up their processes and communicate with recipients about what to do or expect.
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Why wasn’t a bigger second stimulus part of the deal?
Ahas had widespread bipartisan support since the CARES Act was passed. In recent months, everyone from Trump and to members of Congress, economists and ordinary people have advocated a different direct payment.
Last week, Trump called for “more money than they are talking about” in stimulus checks, as high as $ 1,200 or $ 2,000 per person. At the time, Aides would have convinced him that making such demands would jeopardize a stimulus law, The Washington Post reported.
While many are in favor of a direct payment of $ 1,200 in theory, a second smaller stimulus check has helped keep costs below the $ 1 trillion mark that Republican lawmakers said in the past they would support.
Stimulus control isn’t cheap. The IRS said this summer it had spent $ 270 billion sending 160 million checks, and on Monday Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican involved in drafting the bipartisan stimulus proposal, predicted a cost of $ 300 billion if the checks once were charged again for $ 1,200 per person. Republicans have reportedly curbed costs.
A variety of factors could have contributed to a second stimulus check making its way into the final bill at all, from popular opinion and presidential bias to complicated negotiations that cut $ 160 billion from elsewhere, enough for a smaller stimulus check than before.
For more information on stimulus controls, here, and what you need to know about the proposals for incentive laws that can help inform a final package.