DONALD Trump’s $2,000 stimulus checks could be agreed on Monday after Nancy Pelosi forced a showdown vote in the House.
The House Speaker is set to bring the House back to session for a “recorded vote” next week after Republicans destroyed a unanimous vote on the hefty cash sum this morning.
Pelosi wanted a unanimous vote on Thursday morning[/caption]
Following the blockage, Pelosi said: “On Monday, I will bring the House back to session where we will hold a recorded vote on our stand-alone bill to increase economic impact payments to $2,000.
“To vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face.”
She added: “If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction.”
On Thursday morning, GOP members in the House of Representatives blocked the House Speaker’s attempt for more cash.
Republicans blocked the vote[/caption]
Following the news, Pelosi said: “Today, on Christmas Eve morning, House Republicans cruelly deprived the American people of the $2,000 that the President agreed to support.
“If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction.”
On Wednesday, Pelosi hoped that Trump’s call for $2,000 stimulus checks could have been agreed in just 24 hours, giving Americans a huge Christmas boost.
She urged Trump to sign the relief bill on Wednesday and keep the government open after the president hinted that he would veto the $900billion deal.
Trump called for $2,000 checks[/caption]
The hard-won agreement currently includes $600 checks for individuals – but Trump has said he wants a larger relief payment of $2,000 per person.
Pelosi tweeted “Mr. President, sign the bill to keep government open!” after saying Democrats were ready to bring the stimulus checks discussion to the floor by “unanimous consent.”
“Urge [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell and [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy to agree with the Democratic unanimous consent request for $2,000 direct payments!
“This can be done by noon on Christmas Eve!”
Trump hinted that he would veto the agreed stimulus relief bill in a blistering Twitter address on Tuesday, a day after it was agreed.
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The president complained that the current deal announced by McConnell on Sunday was a “disgrace,” complaining that it had “taken forever.”
Pelosi appeared to call Trump’s bluff, saying “let’s do it!” after months of talks with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Republican Party members calling for a smaller package.
If Trump successfully upped the individual payment to $2,000 for individuals and kept the $600 for child dependents, a family of four could pocket over $5,000.