Second Stimulus Check Update: House Bid for $2,000 Payments Fails (For Now)
Will your second stimulus check, if any, cost $ 600 or $ 2,000? On Monday, Congress passed massive government spending and COVID-19 bill that would allow eligible Americans a second stimulus check worth $ 600. At that time, President Trump was due to sign the bill. On Tuesday, however, the president threatened to withhold his signature if, among other things, the second stimulus check amount was not increased to $ 2,000.
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On Thursday morning, the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives attempted to pass a bill that would increase the second stimulus check amount to $ 2,000 without voting under House unanimous rules. As expected, the Republicans blocked the move. Under house rules, a unanimous motion will be rejected if a member objects.
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What's next? The House of Representatives is expected to put a bill to increase the second economic boost to a vote on Monday. But at this point in time, the chances of the bill being passed in the Republican-controlled Senate, even if approved in the House of Representatives, are slim.
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This brings the focus back to President Trump. If he fails to sign the bill already passed on Monday, the government will be shut down next Tuesday unless Congress passes, and the president signs another rolling resolution to keep the government open longer.
The president can also officially veto government spending and the COVID relief bill and send it back to Congress. In this case, Congress can override the veto with a two-thirds vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
There is also the possibility of a "pocket veto", which occurs when the President receives an invoice but does not sign it or sends it back to an adjourned Congress within 10 days. Congress cannot override a pocket veto.
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