/Here’s how Mississippi congressmen voted on $2,000 stimulus checks

Here’s how Mississippi congressmen voted on $2,000 stimulus checks

Monday night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to increase the second round of federal payments to Americans from $600 – a demand by President Donald Trump recently as he threatened to veto larger stimulus plans. Nearly all Democrat House members, including Bennie Thompson from Mississippi, voted Monday to increase direct checks to Americans. They were joined by 44 Republicans. This allowed them to meet the two-thirds threshold required for the resolution’s passage. The measure was opposed by 130 Republicans, including Mississippi Reps. Trent Kelly and Michael Guest. This House vote comes just days after Trump signed a $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief program. The president threatened a veto of that package for several days, demanding on social media over the weekend that Congress — the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate — increase direct payments from $600 to $2,000 per individual. Now, the procedural resolution that was passed by the House Monday will be sent to the Senate for a vote. It will require a second-thirds vote. Politico reports that it is not clear if the Senate will take up the House proposal despite Trump’s assurances Sunday night that he had reached an agreement with Republican leaders. Mississippi Republican Senators. Roger Wicker, Cindy Hyde Smith rejected earlier requests for higher direct payments to individual.