House approves Trump’s $2K checks, sending to GOP-led Senate

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The U.S. Capitol is seen, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, in Washington. AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin photo
Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin The Associated Press The House voted overwhelmingly Monday, Dec. 28, to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000, meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger payments and sending the bill to the Republican-controlled Senate, where the outcome is highly uncertain. Democrats led passage, 275-134, their majority favoring additional assistance, but dozens of Republicans suddenly joined in approval. While Democrats favored bigger checks, Congress had settled on smaller $600 payments in a compromise over the big year-end relief bill Trump reluctantly signed into law. The president’s Republican Party allies opposed more spending and Trump’s push puts them in a difficult spot. The vote was a stunning turn of events from just days ago, when Hou
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