close Video House Problem Solvers Caucus co-chairs vote for $2,000 stimulus checks Republican Rep. Tom Reed and Democrat Rep. Josh Gottheimer emphasize putting country over party to help the American people. The bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 from the $600 that was approved before Christmas in the coronavirus stimulus package passed the House Tuesday by a narrow margin, getting 275 votes in favor of the boost when the bill needed 272 “yeas” to pass. The legislation was brought as a “suspension” measure, meaning the House needed two-thirds of members present to vote in favor to move the bill forward. The House narrowly cleared that hurdle, with 130 Republicans, two Democrats and both of the House’s independents voting against the measure. “Today, I voted against the $435B CASH Act because we cannot continue to endlessly dig our national debt hole deeper,” Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., said in a series of tweets explaining his “no” vote. “Deficit spending during this pandemic is absolutely necessary. If more aid is needed next year, Congress can work on providing that. But fiscal year 2020 (which ended September 30, 2020) recorded a $3.1 trillion deficit which was more than double the previous record.” MARCO RUBIO BACKS $2,000… Read full this story
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