Levin on Passage of $2,000 Direct Payments to America’s Working Families

December 28, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) released the following statement after the House passed the CASH Act to bring the stimulus payments to the American people up from $600 to $2,000:

“I have supported meaningful direct payments to American families since the beginning of this crisis. Democratic leadership fought for those payments in these latest negotiations, which involved the president’s administration, but Republicans rejected our demands and the president was absent from the playing field, more focused on spreading lies about the election results than the tackling the challenges working families are facing.

“House Democrats remained more than willing to take his apparent support for $2,000 payments seriously and to bring an increased direct payment bill to the floor. Unfortunately, on Christmas Eve, House Republicans delivered a big lump of coal and blocked this bill’s passage, just as their party had blocked larger payments during negotiations for the COVID relief package. Today, we took a recorded vote with Democrats voting overwhelmingly to provide larger checks to struggling American families. Now, we will see whether Republicans who control the Senate will allow Americans to receive larger checks or will block them.

“This entire ordeal was typical of a president who from the beginning projected a message of faux populism and accomplished absolutely nothing for working people over the past four years. In this Congress, House Democrats passed a $15 an hour minimum wage, comprehensive labor law reform, job training measures and much more that would make life better for American people and rebuild the middle class. Trump got his party behind none of this and Senator Majority Leader blocked all of it.  President Trump’s only legislative accomplishment was a major tax giveaway to billionaires and corporations.

“Who is on working people’s side? In 2021, House and Senate Democrats will work tirelessly with the Biden Administration on our economic recovery in a way that puts poor and middle-class people first and answers that question definitively for the American people.”

Today, the House will also vote to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Read Rep. Levin’s statement on that vote here.