The U.S. political system continues to be stress-tested amidst a global pandemic that doesn't seem to have an end in sight. On Sunday, President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, despite originally calling the bipartisan legislation a "disgrace" in a video. Trump urged Congress to approve bigger checks, "As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child." Following the President's orders, the House of Representatives on Monday passed a measure to increase stimulus checks for Americans under a certain income level from $600 to $2,000 per person — called the CASH Act (Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help). However, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his Senate Republicans will veto the $2,000 direct payment proposal, prioritizing a $740 billion defense funding bill before for the New Year. "Following a strong bipartisan vote in the House, tomorrow [Tuesday] I will move to pass the legislation in the Senate to quickly deliver Americans with $2,000 emergency checks," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, "Every Senate Democrat is for this much-needed increase in emergency financial relief, which can be approved tomorrow if no Republican blocks it. There is no good reason for Senate Republicans to stand in the way." Republicans have already blocked one attempt by the House to bump the $600 payments to $2,000 despite Trump’s insistence. In March, Congress provided individuals with $1,200 direct payments and couples with $2,400 plus $500 per child. About 90 million people — about 50% of those eligible for benefits — received their payments within the first three weeks of April after the March deal was signed, with the latest stimulus checks taking two months. The CARES Act will now head to the GOP-controlled Senate where its fate remains unclear. Senate Republicans have said for months they would oppose excessive government spending, despite Trump's demands.