MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW/WSPA) – U.S. Rep William Timmons IV (R-Greenville) along with South Carolina’s four other Republican congressmen voted against Pres. Trump’s proposed increase in stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.
In a rare opposition to the president, the state’s Republican leaders in the U.S. House decided Pres. Trump’s push for checks to be boosted to $2,000 per adult and $4,000 per couple was a bad idea for the American people.
South Carolina’s two Democrat representatives voted in favor of increasing the coronavirus stimulus checks. The bill passed in a 275 – 134 vote with two-thirds of House members voting. It’s now being debated by the GOP-controlled Senate.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has said he supports the stimulus check increase. “The biggest winner would be the American people,” Graham tweeted after playing golf with Trump over the holiday in Palm Beach.
The bill is likely to meet friction from the more fiscally conservative members of the GOP controlled Senate.
Other state Republican congressmen voting against the increase in stimulus checks:
Joe Wilson, R-2nd, of Springdale
Jeff Duncan, R-3rd, of Laurens
Ralph Norman, R-5th, of Rock Hill
Tom Rice, R-7th of Myrtle Beach
However, the state’s Republican congressmen were divided on whether to override Trump’s veto of the defense spending bill. Rice, Duncan and Norman voted not to override Trump’s veto while Timmons and Wilson voted yes.
The House overwhelmingly voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto on the National Defense Authorization Act.