House to vote on stimulus checks, negative COVID-19 tests required for UK: 5 things to know Monday

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Published 3:30 a.m. ET Dec. 28, 2020 | Updated 6:10 a.m. ET Dec. 28, 2020

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House to vote on $2,000 checks in the COVID-19 relief package

The House plans to vote Monday on a measure to increase direct payment checks for Americans from $600 to $2,000 in the COVID-19 relief package that President Donald Trump signed on Sunday. The $900 billion package provides up to $600 in direct stimulus checks to millions of Americans and extends unemployment benefits, as well as a program intended to help small businesses retain their employees during the pandemic. The president had previously called the bipartisan bill a “disgrace” and said he wanted it to include $2,000 direct payments rather than $600. But after a growing number of Republicans pushed back on Trump’s reticence – and Democrats quickly embraced Trump’s idea of larger direct payments – Trump relented and signed. Democrats intend to bring stand-alone legislation to increase checks to $2,000 to a vote on the House floor Monday.

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