Schumer On $2,000 Stimulus Checks Amid Trump Impeachment Push: ‘We Will Get That Done’

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Topline As House Democrats prepare for a Wednesday vote to impeach President Trump after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) doubled down on his commitment to passing legislation that will increase the direct payments in the last stimulus bill to $2,000 along with additional Covid-19 relief measures including state and local aid and more money for vaccine distribution.  US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, speaks during a press conference at ... [+] the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. AFP via Getty Images Key Facts In a letter to Democratic colleagues Tuesday, Schumer said Democrats will “immediately” begin work on these priorities once the new Democrat-led Senate is in place, and asks lawmakers to consider Covid-19 emergency relief legislation the “first order of legislative business” of the new Senate.

Schumer’s assurance comes amid worries that a potentially lengthy impeachment trial will derail Democrats’ and President-elect Biden’s ambitious plans to inject trillions more stimulus dollars into the economy.  In more...