Democrats in the US Congress voted to increase direct payments to the population from $ 600 to $ 2,000, which was previously demanded by President Donald Trump. Whether the upper house of Congress will support the bill is unknown.
Democrats in the US Congress on Monday are trying to achieve an increase in direct payments to the population from $ 600 to $ 2,000, which was previously demanded by President Donald Trump.
On the eve of President Trump, who had threatened to block the economic aid package in connection with the coronavirus, suddenly changed his position and signed the bill, thereby ensuring the resumption of payments to millions of unemployed Americans and preventing a partial closure of the government.
The news was received with enthusiasm in the global markets. Wall Street’s leading indices hit record highs on Monday.
The Democrats, who hold the majority in the House of Representatives, have long wanted to increase their payments to $ 2,000 and now hope to push the proposal forward or at least put Republicans in a situation where they will be forced to openly oppose the initiative.
Voting is expected to begin in the afternoon and continue until the evening. Lawmakers will also try to overcome Trump’s recent veto on the $ 740 billion defense budget bill. If successful, it will be the first time a veto has been overcome in the entire Trump presidency.
The president himself is currently at his golf resort in Florida and does not appear in public.
Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden made a short statement after meeting with the national security and foreign policy teams. He said Trump aides were hindering his transition team.
Many of the Republicans who control the Senate do not support the increase in payments.
Georgia Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue, facing a decisive second round of Senate elections next month, welcomed Trump’s decision to sign the bill, but did not say whether they thought it necessary to increase payments.