Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse voted against raising stimulus checks to $2,000 from $600
- Kennewick, WA
Congressman Dan Newhouse (R) of Central Washington voted against raising the stimulus checks to $2,000. On Monday the House approved the bill raising the current stimulus payments from $600 to $2000 with the bill now moving to the Senate where majority leader Mitchell McConnell (R) has blocked the voting steps for the bill.
According to the Yakima Herald, Newhouse cited the bill’s burden on taxpayers in a statement about his vote. The Yakima newspaper also stated that Newhouse said
“As our national debt grows, it is more important than ever that we focus on reopening our economy and getting Americans back to work,” he continued to say “Individuals and families in Central Washington are struggling, but they want paychecks — not handouts, which is why I supported the bipartisan relief package President Trump signed into law."
With the average rent in Central Washington easily exceeding well over $600, Newhouse said he voted on Trump's non partisan relief package because it provides targeted income to small businesses in our region and focuses money to be spent on COVID-19 vaccine distributions and COVID-19 testing.