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Four Illinois representatives vote against $2,000 COVID-19 payment

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Three Republican and one Democrat representative voted against the larger amount for those impacted by the pandemic.

WASHINGTON — Four Illinois congressional representatives voted against the $2,000 coronavirus payment promoted by Trump and supported by most Democrats.

The rest of Illinois’ delegation, both Democrat and Republican, voted for the increased payment. The ones who didn’t are Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs), Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro), John Shimkus (R-Collinsville), and Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap). Both Lipinski and Shimkus are leaving the U.S. House at the end of this term. Lipinski was one of only two House Democrats to vote against the larger payment.

ProPublica reported that the measure easily passed the house with a 275-134 vote.

Lipinski told the Chicago Sun-Times that he voted against the larger payment “because we cannot continue to endlessly dig our national debt hole deeper.”

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