The House of Representatives passed a $1 trillion stimulus package on Tuesday, setting up a potential showdown with Democrats and the White House as the bill becomes law.
The bill passed 233-213, with all but two Democrats voting against it, and was cheered by many on Capitol Hill as the first major bipartisan agreement since the Great Recession.
“We’re at a tipping point in American history,” Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said in a statement after the vote.
“The American people are tired of seeing our jobs disappear, our communities be hollowed out, and the middle class and the poor leave the American dream behind.”
But Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Row, where the package was debated and votes on it could take place in a matter of days, expressed skepticism about how quickly it could be signed into law.
“This is a package that has been in the works for years,” said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).
“I don’t know how soon they can get to the Senate floor.”
Some Republican lawmakers also expressed concerns about how much of the stimulus money would be spent on health care.
“It will not go toward healthcare,” Rep.-elect Ted Poe (R) said on the House floor after the final tally.
I want to be able to tell you I’ll be voting for that,” he said. “
And they’re going down to the wire on the stimulus bill that’s going to fund the government, but the thing that will be most important to them is the stimulus.
I want to be able to tell you I’ll be voting for that,” he said.
The House passed the stimulus package with bipartisan support on a 242-192 vote, with Reps.
Jared Polis (D) of Colorado, Zoe Lofgren (D), and Jared Poliquin (D.) voting against the measure.
It passed 217-213 with two Republicans voting against and two Democrats supporting it.
The stimulus bill has the support of several key Republicans, including President Donald Trump, who is a strong supporter of the bill.
But the president has faced mounting criticism from Democrats for his proposed cuts to domestic programs, which the White, Democratic-controlled Congress has blocked for months.
Trump has previously criticized the stimulus as a “disaster” and said he would veto the bill if it passed.