CONGRESS/COVID-19/GOP: “President Donald Trump’s sudden demand for $2,000 checks for most Americans was swiftly rejected by House Republicans on Thursday [Dec. 24, 2020] as his haphazard actions throw a massive COVID relief and government funding bill into chaos…

Unemployment benefits, eviction protections and other emergency aid, including smaller $600 checks, are at risk. Trump’s refusal of the $900 billion package, which is linked to $1.4 trillion government funds bill, could spark a federal shutdown at midnight Monday.”

-Lisa Mascaro and Andrew Taylor, “GOP blocks $2,000 checks as Trump leaves COVID aid in chaos,” apnews.com, Dec. 24, 2020