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House passes bill for $2,000 stimulus checks – leaving it up to GOP-controlled Senate

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., September 28, 2020.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty ImagesThe House voted Monday to increase the second round of federal direct payments to $2,000 as Democrats embrace President Donald Trump’s calls to put more money in Americans’ pockets.The measure would boost the stimulus checks in the year-end coronavirus relief and government funding package to $2,000 from $600. The vote came a day after Trump signed the more than $2 trillion pandemic aid and full-year government spending bill into law.The House passed the payments in a fast-track procedure that needed two-thirds support. The chamber approved the measure in …

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