On Monday, all five U.S. House of Representatives from central Pennsylvania voted against a fast-track bill that would raise the second round of stimulus payments for most Americans from $600 to $2,000.
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On Monday, forty-four Republicans and an overwhelming majority of Democrats passed the bill with a vote of 275 to 134, slightly clearing the two-thirds threshold that needs to be passed in the fast-track review. However, the fate of the Senate controlled by the Republican Party is much more uncertain.
All members of the central delegation voted against the larger check on Monday.
Many of them, such as U.S. Rep. Scott Perry of R-York County and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker of R-Lancaster County, are on the record, saying that they consider general problem stimulus checks to be an overreaction to the pandemic, and relief It should be more targeted at individuals and families whose actual unemployment or income has fallen due to the economic recession.
According to the Joint Taxation Commission, approving the $2,000 stimulus check would cost an extra $464 billion more than the $900 billion package passed by Congress before Christmas and the $900 billion Trump signed into law on Sunday. Congressional Republicans have been trying to keep the total price of the new stimulus package below $1
Democrats said they like large payments because they believe that, coupled with expanded unemployment checks, will have a greater impact on helping the economy withstand the latest pandemic.
In other news from Washington on Monday, the Central State delegation found itself split with a vote of 322-87 to overthrow Trump’s veto of the 2021 defense spending bill.
Lloyd Smucker of R-Lancaster County and John Joyce of R-Blair County changed their stance on Monday, voting for Trump’s veto after initially supporting the defense spending bill.
In a statement issued after voting on Monday, Joyce said that out of respect for the president’s call to make the National Defense Act “even stronger for our men and women in uniform,” he voted with Trump for the veto. No vote.
But Trump’s opposition to the National Defense Act focused on the language that included the names of Confederate generals from a series of military devices, and because it did not include content targeting technology companies such as Facebook and Twitter. Three parties publish on their platform.
Representatives of R-Snyder County Fred Keller and Dan Meuser of R-Luzerne County voted in favor of the original bill and supported Monday’s overthrow, while Perry opposed the original bill and supported the president’s veto.
The veto replacement will now also go to the Senate for final processing.