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Marco Rubio calls on Congress to 'quickly pass legislation' to increase stimulus checks to $2,000

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 12:30:46-05

(WTXL) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio took to Twitter Monday to declare his support for $2,000 stimulus checks to help Americans as the pandemic takes an economic toll.

On Monday, one day after President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion stimulus bill into law, the House of Representatives voted to increase direct payments to most Americans from $600 to $2,000 per person.

“I share many of my colleagues’ concern about the long-term effects of additional spending, but we cannot ignore the fact that millions of working-class families across the nation are still in dire need of relief,” Rubio wrote in a lengthy statement. “Congress should quickly pass legislation to increase direct payments to Americans to $2,000."

In the statement, Rubio blamed Democrats for the stall in larger stimulus checks.

“For months, Republicans tried to pass additional relief for workers, families, and small businesses — only to be rejected by Democrats at every turn," Rubio wrote.

Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have also publicly expressed support of $2,000 stimulus checks.

The legislation now goes to the US Senate, where its future is in question.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who largely controls what legislation gets to the floor, has been mum on whether he’ll allow the CASH Act to get a vote.