President Trump announced last week his support for $2,000 stimulus checks for Americans, saying it was critical Americans and small businesses received financial support to get back on their feet. After signing the bipartisan end-of-year COVID bill, which only included $600 checks, he doubled down on his stance, saying in a tweet, “give the people $2,000, not $600. They have suffered enough!”
Weeks ago, Congress was mulling over relief packages that didn’t include a single dollar in direct stimulus for Americans. But after passing a relief package with $600 checks last week, 275 Representatives in the U.S. House, including 44 key Republicans, supported a provision that would increase the size of the checks to $2,000. Soon after, five Republican Senators publicly announced their support.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) in supporting $2,000 checks on Monday, saying “I agree with the president that millions of working-class families are in dire need of additional relief, which is why I support $2,000 in direct payments to Americans struggling due to the pandemic.” He was joined by Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC).
$2,000 direct checks to most Americans began the day with at least 51 US Senators voicing public support – an unprecedented feat for an issue once considered a fringe, impossible idea. By midday, Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans, announced that they too would back the President.
Perdue said in a tweet, “President Trump is right — I support this push for $2,000 in direct relief for the American people.” Loeffler said in a FOX News interview, “I’ve stood by the president 100% of the time. I’m proud to do that and I’ve said, absolutely, we need to get relief to Americans now and I will support that.”
Direct cash relief to all Americans is seeing surging bipartisan momentum, rapidly gaining support across ideological lines, with majority support among Americans in both parties. At this moment, the bill still needs support from seven more Republican senators in order to pass.
It has been reported that more Republican senators are considering voicing support for direct cash relief. With how quickly both House members and Senators have joined this burgeoning coalition, it would not be surprising if President Trump’s outspoken and continued support successfully sways the remaining votes necessary for passage in the Senate.
Humanity Forward has been advocating for direct cash relief in Congress for months, and is proud to see the surging bipartisan support for $2,000 checks. They continue to work with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to make direct, recurring cash relief a reality for millions of American families and small businesses.