Thirteen Texas Representatives Voted Against Increase in COVID-19 Stimulus Check
On Monday, the House of Representatives voted to increase the latest round of COVID-19 stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000. With support from the President, the vote passed the House by 275-134, but was later rejected in the Senate.
House Democrats had previously attempted a vote by unanimous consent on Christmas Eve, but had been blocked by House Republicans. The $900 billion stimulus package passed by Congress last week and signed into law by President Trump includes $600 stimulus checks. After its passage, Trump released a video on Twitter slamming it as a “disgrace” and calling for checks to be increased to $2,000.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led Democrats in urging the President to “immediately call on Congressional Republicans to end their obstruction and to join him and Democrats in support of our stand-alone legislation to increase direct payment checks to $2,000.”
Roy justified his position in an official statement by denouncing the CASH Act as an “affront to those whose livelihoods have been destroyed by government”.
Reps. Taylor and Williams were included amongst Republicans who voted against the checks, but had benefited from federal bailout funds earlier this year.
Despite success in the House, the bill was rejected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY-R). McConnell stated that the Senate will “begin the process” of addressing President Trump’s request. The Senate GOP leadership now stands at odds with President Trump ahead of a crucial runoff election in Georgia that will determine control of the Chamber.