On Monday night, the United States House of Representatives voted 275-134 to increase the second round of federal direct payments from $600 to $2,000.
Congressman Bennie Thompson was the only member of Mississippi’s delegation to support the CASH Act as Representatives Michael Guest, Steven Palazzo, and Trent Kelly all voted against what could be the second stimulus package Americans receive.
“The CASH Act just passed the house. Now, it must pass the Senate,” Thompson wrote on Twitter. “Republicans are on record. They have a choice: either vote for this bill or vote to deny families relief they desperately need.”
“While the idea of additional stimulus money sounds good, giving away cash without adequate barriers to ensure only those who need help get it is dangerous,” Palazzo said. “This vote is the result of Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushing their socialist agenda when given the opportunity…People across Mississippi would love to have $2,000 checks instead of $600 checks, but when it comes down to it, our country can’t afford the nearly half-trillion-dollar price tag that comes along with that.”
The bill, which comes after President Donald Trump said he would not be supportive of signing unless citizens received at least $2,000, is now headed to the Senate floor, however, it is unclear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will allow it to get a vote.
*story by Kelly Bennett and J.T. Mitchell