Update 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 - The rare Christmas Eve session of the U.S. House of Representatives lasted just minutes. House Republicans swiftly rejected President Donald Trump's last-minute demand for $2,000 checks for most Americans for Covid-19 year-end financial relief.
The $900 billion virus aid package is linked to a $1.4 trillion government funds bill. This means President Donald Trump's refusal to sign the legislation could spark a federal shutdown at midnight Monday.
The House returns to their chambers on Monday to vote on options.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives failed to advance a measure that would increase direct payments to Americans to $2,000.
Democrats moved to increase the size of the checks from $600 after President Donald Trump threatened to oppose the aid and federal funding bill.
Check with Action News Now later for more information on this story, and what this means for the effort to get more financial aid to Americans during the pandemic.