House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will hold a Monday vote to approve the $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks requested by President Trump after Republicans blocked her attempt for a unanimous Christmas Eve vote.
House Republicans accuse Pelosi (D-Calif.) of ignoring Trump’s request to gut the $2.3 trillion spending bill that passed this week of billions in foreign aid. Democrats shot down their counteroffer Thursday to reconsider those funds.
Pelosi, who readily embraced Trump’s Tuesday night demand for $600 stimulus checks to be boosted to $2,000, tore into Republicans for objecting to unanimous passage.
“Today, on Christmas Eve morning, House Republicans cruelly deprived the American people of the $2,000 that the President agreed to support,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction.”
Some conservatives are alarmed at growth of the national debt during the coronavirus pandemic and don’t want to approve any more funds.