Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday that the upper chamber will pass legislation that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 on Tuesday unless the move is blocked by Republicans.
Schumer’s remarks came shortly after House Democrats, joined by 44 of their Republican colleagues, passed the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help (CASH) Act. President Donald Trump called checks to be increased last week, although he later signed legislation approving the lower amount. Democrats quickly agreed to pursue the higher amount. However, there has been some resistance to the move and it is not at all clear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the rest of the GOP-controlled Senate will approve the measure.
“Tomorrow I will move to pass the legislation in the Senate to quickly deliver Americans with $2,000 emergency checks. Every Senate Democrat is for this much-needed increase in emergency financial relief, which can be approved tomorrow if no Republican blocks it—there is no good reason for Senate Republicans to stand in the way,” Schumer said, according to The Hill.
“There’s strong support for these $2,000 emergency checks from every corner of the country,” he added. “Leader McConnell ought to make sure Senate Republicans do not stand in the way of helping to meet the needs of American workers and families who are crying out for help.”
Newsweek reached out to McConnell’s office for comment.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.