Erik Wasson and Laura Davison

Government, Business

Schumer Asks Biden to Push for More Than $1.3 Trillion Stimulus

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a news conference at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a news conference at the Capitol on Jan. 6. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News)

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has pressed President-elect Joe Biden to propose more than $1.3 trillion in spending for his initial round of COVID-19 relief, according to a person familiar with the matter.

January 13, 2021
Government, Business

McConnell Blocks Democrats’ Bid to Pass $2,000 Stimulus Checks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor on Dec. 15. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 15. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Dec. 29 blocked an attempt by Democrats to force quick action on increasing direct stimulus payments to $2,000 despite President Donald Trump’s demands for the change.

December 29, 2020
Government, Business

All Eyes on Senate After House Backs Trump on $2,000 Checks

Mitch McConnell by Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg News Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t said whether the Senate would take up the House bill, attempt to vote on a different measure that would also increase direct payments or simply ignore the issue. (Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg News)

The House on Dec. 28 passed a bill replacing the $600 stimulus checks in the newly enacted virus relief bill with $2,000 payments, as Democrats and moderate Republicans voted in favor of a proposal backed by President Donald Trump.

December 28, 2020
Government, Business

House Set to Vote on $2,000 Stimulus Checks Trump Demanded

The U.S. Capitol is seen at dawn on Dec. 28. (Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg News) The U.S. Capitol is seen at dawn on Dec. 28. (Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg News)

The House is set to vote Dec. 28 to replace the $600 stimulus payments in the newly enacted pandemic relief law with the $2,000 President Donald Trump demanded — a Democratic-led effort that is politically fraught for congressional Republicans and unlikely to become law.

December 28, 2020