WASHINGTON (PNN) - December 25, 2020 - House Democrats on Thursday failed to replace the $600 direct checks in the latest “pandemic” relief bill with $2,000 payments demanded by President Donald Trump this week - which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Mary.) sought to pass by unanimous consent, only to be blocked by House Republicans.
House Democrats will try again on Monday, with a new stand-alone bill for the $2,000 checks, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Kalif.). The House will also attempt to override Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act as government funding is set to lapse.
To avoid a shutdown, the House could also pass another stopgap measure – however, several “pandemic” relief measures will also run out between Saturday and December 31, including $300 per week in bonus unemployment insurance and a moratorium on rent-related evictions.