Most of MN's U.S. House delegation vote for $2,000 payment to Americans

Six members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation voted for the measure.
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UPDATE 12:35 P.M.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked a vote from taking place on the House's $2,000 payment bill, though he can allow a vote later if he so chooses.

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Six members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation joined a majority of the House of Representatives in voting to increase the second round of COVID-19 stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.

On Monday, Reps. Angie Craig, D-Minn., Betty McCollum, D-Minn., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Collin Peterson, D-Minn., Dean Phillips, D-Minn., and Pete Stauber, R-Minn., voted yes on a measure to increase the size of the checks. Republican Rep. Tom Emmer voted against the measure.

Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn did not vote on the measure. According to his office, Hagedorn underwent a procedure to remove a kidney at Mayo Clinic on Monday. Hagedorn was previously diagnosed with an advanced form of kidney cancer.

As part of a second COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress earlier this month, eligible adults would receive stimulus checks of up to $600. Households would also be eligible for an additional $600 per child.

While proposals by Republicans during negotiations did not include any stimulus checks, Democrats eventually pushed to include them in the final bill. Still, some lawmakers, including Omar, were critical of the size of the checks.

"Six hundred dollars is not close to sufficient to cover eight months of lost wages, food or rent expenses," Omar said in a statement after the agreement was announced.

President Donald Trump was also critical of the size of the checks, along with other aspects of the bill, including money for foreign governments. Trump called the $600 amount “ridiculously low” and called for $2,000 or $4,000 checks, according to PBS.

Despite a veto threat, Trump did sign the second relief bill.

While the $2,000 stimulus check provision earned the necessary two thirds of votes to pass the House, it will face challenges in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has already threatened to vote against Congress’ defense spending bill, which Trump vetoed, if the Senate does not support the increase. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a vote to override the veto. 

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