Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Schumer’s attempt to hold a stand-alone vote on $2,000 stimulus checks.
Later Tuesday evening, McConnell introduced a plan to provide $2,000 stimulus checks, repeal Section 230 and have a committee study election integrity. It needs 60 votes to clear filibuster.
The Senate Democrats will not vote to repeal Section 230 and they certainly don’t support election integrity so McConnell’s bill is pretty much DOA.
McConnell took to the Senate floor to attack the House-passed bill, specifically on the issue of higher-income individuals and couples that would be eligible to receive some of the payments due to how the income phaseouts are structured.
Bernie Sanders called McConnell’s new measure a “poison pill.”
McConnell dug in his heels again on Wednesday and said the Senate is not going to be bullied.
“The Senate’s not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of Democrat rich friends who don’t need the help.”
– @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell, explaining why Republicans are blocking $2,000 stimulus checks for ordinary Americans pic.twitter.com/MQoradPHHI
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 30, 2020
“The Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of Democrats’ rich friends who don’t need the help,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
“It’s hardly clear that the federal government’s top priority should be sending thousands of dollars to people with no loss of income,” he said.
The Kentucky Republican said the House bill had “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate,” and said the Democratic-led effort ran astray of what President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly pressured Republicans to pass the expanded stimulus checks, actually requested.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who has pushed for an immediate vote on the measure, slammed McConnell’s position and pressed Republicans to bring the bill up for a vote.
“At the very least, the Senate deserves the opportunity for an up-or-down vote,” Schumer said, adding that “there is no other game in town than the House bill.”
But McConnell also made clear nothing would move forward in the chamber that doesn’t include Trump’s other two priorities: a full repeal of online liability protections and an investigation into alleged voter fraud.
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