SENATE Democratic leader Charles Schumer vowed today passing legislation to provide $2,000 stimulus checks will be one of the first orders of business in the new Senate.
Schumer was speaking after the runoff elections in Georgia that put Democrats on track to regain control and vote through the Covid relief measure.
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Schumer said: “The job of Covid emergency relief is far from complete.
“Democrats wanted to do much more in the last bill and promised to do more, if given the opportunity, to increase direct payments to a total of $2,000 — we will get that done.”
During the elections, President-elect Joe Biden made a campaign speech on behalf of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, saying their election would hasten the delivery of the checks.
Democrats will control the Senate by the thinnest of margins after twin victories by Ossoff and Warnock in the Georgia run-off elections clinched the party a 50-50 split in the upper chamber.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be able to cast a vote in any tie-break.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, American households have already received two direct cash payments.
In April $1,200 checks were dispatched.
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But while $600 stimulus checks are already being distributed as part of a new Covid-19 relief package, many Americans say the amount is not enough.
So far lawmakers so far have been unsuccessful in approving more financial assistance or a third check, despite a House-passed bill that Trump supports.