The House of Representatives passed on Monday a bill increasing the direct payments to Americans from US$600 to US$2,000 in response to calls from President Donald Trump to raise the stimulus checks for Americans when he signed the nearly US$900 billion coronavirus relief aid bill.

Under the bill, that passed in a 275-134 vote, adults earning up to US$75,000 will receive US$2,000 from the government, along with children. Married couples with incomes twice that will also be getting the full amount and the stimulus aid would decrease above those income brackets.

The proposal also provides the same US$2,000 payments to adult dependents — including college students, disabled, and the elderly.

President Trump wrote on Saturday: “US$2000 + US$2000 plus other family members. Not US$600. Remember, it was China’s fault!”

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He ultimately signed the relief bill on Sunday to extend expiring unemployment benefits and also avert a possible government shutdown although he told Congress to “cut wasteful spending” and give more money to the American people.

“As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of US$2,000 checks per adult and US$600 per child. As President I am demanding many rescissions under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974,” President Trump said.

The Democrat-led House lauded the President’s move to seek higher direct payments for Americans.

“The president of the United States has put this forth as something that he wants to see, in part of his signing the legislation yesterday,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “I hope that that view will be shared by the Republicans in the Senate.”

McConnell introduces bill raising direct payments, repealing Section 230

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a measure Tuesday also increasing the direct payments to US$2,000 — as sought by both Democrats and President Trump, while also adding legislation to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1996 pertaining to big tech companies and a funding for a commission to investigate voter fraud in the past election.

A repeal of Section 230 would mean internet companies, including social media firms like Twitter and Facebook would lose liability protections and could be sued “if users feel wronged” by the platforms.

President Trump has been calling for action on the said protection for social media companies, noting that it keeps the Big Tech “unchecked” allowing them unparalleled control to limit, block or censor content in their platforms as they deem appropriate —   as with the case of many conservatives claiming to being censored by social media platforms.

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Earlier, the Republican President said “Big Tech must not get protections of Section 230!” as he also called for “voter fraud [to be] fixed.”

Section 230 states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

The President has warned the Senate against blocking the vote on the measure saying it would be detrimental to the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs where the fate of the Senate control is at stake.

“Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough!” President Trump said.

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