Senate blocks unanimous passage of $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks

(U.S.) On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnel (R-KY) objected to the passage of the aid requested by President Donald Trump.

McConnell’s vote came after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked for the unanimous vote on the five-page bill that passed the House on Monday with 44 Republican votes.

Trump requested the original stimulus amount of $600 be increased to $2,000 noting $600 was not enough. Before blocking the unanimous passage, McConnel also scheduled a Wednesday vote to override Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense bill. While it is unclear, there is still a possibility that Senate Democrats could rally for an attempted filibuster or the override vote could move forward without McConnell agreeing to a deal on the $2,000 stimulus checks.

Following McConnel’s objection, President Trump tweeted: “Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough!”

McConnel did not elaborate on his position against increasing the stimulus check amounts. Schumer requested that McConnel allow a “simple up or down vote” on both the override and $2,000 checks before the legislative session comes to a close on January 3rd, 2021. Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, threatened to filibuster the override vote unless McConnel does in fact schedule a vote on the increased stimulus checks.

On Monday, the Houe passed the legislation that would increase the recently approved $600 stimulus checks to $2,000. People who earn more than $95,000 and married couples earning more than $190,000 would not receive a stimulus check under either proposal.

 

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