Nearly every House Democrat voted on Monday to increase the direct checks to Americans. They were joined by 44 Republicans, meeting a two-thirds threshold needed for the resolution to pass.
In total, 134 House members — including 130 Republicans — voted against the measure. Twenty-one House Republicans did not vote, and two independents voted against the measure.
The House’s move comes a day after Trump signed an earlier passed $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief package. The president threatened a veto of that package for several days, demanding on social media over the weekend that Congress — the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate — increase direct payments from $600 to $2,000 per individual.The procedural resolution passed by the House on Monday now moves to the Senate, where it will also require a two-thirds vote.
It is unclear if the Senate will even take up the House proposal, Politico reports, despite Trump insisting Sunday night he had secured an agreement from Republican leaders.