The US House of Representatives has voted to increase corona aid payments to citizens. In a vote in the Congress Chamber on Monday (local time), the necessary two-thirds majority was achieved to increase direct aid from $ 600 to $ 2000 per capita – as recently demanded by incumbent President Donald Trump.
“We would have included much higher payments in the bill if he (Trump, editor’s note) had said something earlier. But it’s never too late to do the right thing, ”said Democrat Dan Kildee on Monday.
When asked at the end of an event in Wilmington, Delaware whether he would support the increase from $ 600 to $ 2,000, Joe Biden replied, “Yes.” The Democrats have long insisted on higher one-time payments to US citizens of $ 2,000 used Trump’s proposal to move the vote.
However, it is questionable whether the move will also get the approval of the US Senate, which is dominated by the Republicans. The Republicans there had repeatedly spoken out against a more generous Corona stimulus package. The vote should take place on Tuesday.
After tedious negotiations, the US Congress passed a large stimulus package worth around $ 900 billion a week ago to cushion the effects of the corona pandemic. Among other things, it provides for further financial aid for small and medium-sized businesses, a temporary increase in unemployment benefits and direct aid payments of $ 600 per capita for citizens whose income is below a certain threshold.
After the congressional decision, Trump had surprisingly raised objections and initially refused to sign the legislative package. Among other things, he called for aid payments to be raised to $ 2,000.
On Sunday evening (local time), however, the president gave up his blockade and signed the package into force. At the same time, he renewed his wish for the higher Corona aid payments.