WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - North country congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted Monday evening to increase $600 government-issued COVID stimulus checks to $2,000.
The measure easily passed in the House of Representatives, with a vote of 275-134.
In a separate vote, Stefanik voted to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA, which is important to Fort Drum and the north country.
The NDAA sets defense policy and military spending for the coming year.
The veto override easily passed the House of Representatives Monday night and is expected to pass the Senate Tuesday or Wednesday.
Regarding the COVID stimulus checks, Stefanik said in a statement: “After months of Nancy Pelosi’s partisan games and politicization of COVID-19 relief that many hardworking families need, I voted to increase the amount of direct economic support for the hardworking families across my district,”
Last week, President Trump asked Congress to increase stimulus payouts to Americans and threatened not to sign the relief package. He did sign it Sunday, however.
The bill, with its increased payments, faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate, where a two-thirds majority is also needed. So far, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t said if he’ll bring the measure to a vote.
Regarding the override of President Trump’s veto of the NDAA, Stefanik said “I remain committed to delivering critical funding and resources to our nation’s military in order to protect our troops, support military families, improve our military readiness, and strengthen our national security.”