Mitch McConnell Blocks Push for $2,000 Stimulus Checks, Says Senate Will ‘Begin a Process’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that before the Senate can vote on increasing direct stimulus payments to Americans, they must address the two other demands made by President Donald Trump when he reluctantly signed the relief package Sunday.
The House on Monday passed a bill that would increase relief payments from $600 to $2,000 (a measure President Trump supports), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had called for swift unanimous consent on Tuesday.
However, McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would begin a process this week of addressing two other concerns Trump raised Sunday: further investigations into election integrity, and the repeal of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.
The battle over increased payments has placed at least two Republicans running for office into an awkward position. GOP Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are in a runoff election with Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in Georgia - a race that will decide if the GOP retains their majority in the Senate. Perdue and Loeffler have defied McConnell and other GOP Senators opposed to increased stimulus payments and instead sided with President Trump on the issue.
It's not exactly clear what McConnell intends to do about the President's other demands, but Business Insider's Eliza Relman writes that linking the three demands would "likely sink the stimulus checks".
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