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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is expected to raise the issue of providing $2,000 checks for Americans on the Senate floor this week amid President Donald Trump’s calls for more relief aid.
Schumer said he would offer Trump’s proposal for $2,000 checks for a vote in Senate — putting Republicans on the spot.
“The House will pass a bill to give Americans $2,000 checks,” Schumer tweeted. “Then I will move to pass it in the Senate.” He said no Democrats will object. “Will Senate Republicans?”
The House is expected to debate the need for $2,000 checks on Monday.
After months of negotiation, Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package this month that includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as an increase in food stamp benefits.
Trump delayed signing the measure for days, demanding that lawmakers give $2,000 relief checks to Americans instead of the $600 provided in the bill. The president signed the relief package on Sunday
Candice Norwood is a former digital politics reporter for the PBS NewsHour.
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