The majority of Coloradans in the U.S. House voted Monday to send $2,000 checks to every American adult, rather than the $600 checks Congress approved last week.
The U.S. House approved the increase by a vote of 275-134 after President Donald Trump insisted on larger checks over the weekend. Democratic leaders in Congress also supported the change, forming an unusual political coalition.
Among Colorado’s seven House members — four Democrats and three Republicans — the votes followed party lines, with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed.
“In Colorado and throughout the country, families are struggling under tremendous economic pressure,” said Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette. “This relief is desperately needed for so many to get by, pay rent, and put food on the table.”
Rep. Ken Buck, a Windsor Republican who has opposed every relief bill passed by Congress this year, voted nay Monday. The fiscal conservative said he would have supported a bill sending $2,000 checks in place of a larger relief bill passed by Congress last week, but not in addition to last week’s massive stimulus package.
“I support sending direct aid to Americans. But for (Speaker) Nancy Pelosi to add more spending on top of the billions of taxpayer dollars in pork, pet projects and foreign funding is just irresponsible. We need to put Americans first,” he said.
On Dec. 21, Congress passed a $900 billion stimulus package that included $600 checks to adults earning $75,000 or less per year, and $600 per child. Trump reluctantly signed the bill Sunday after criticizing the $600 amount for several days.
The simple, two-page bill passed Monday would replace that $600 with $2,000 checks for adults earning $75,000 or less, along with $2,000 per child. The bill must now be passed by the U.S. Senate before it can reach Trump’s desk.
“The president supports this, the House supports this, and now it is time for the Senate to join us as well,” said Rep. Jason Crow, an Aurora Democrat.
“Today’s vote is another effort from House Democrats to secure meaningful support for families struggling during the ongoing pandemic. Unfortunately these efforts will be met with resistance from Republicans,” predicted Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, in a statement after the vote Monday.
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