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Senate GOP Blocks Attempt to Pass $2,000 Stimulus Checks

Stock MarketsDec 29, 2020 12:45PM ET
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© Bloomberg. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer face pressure to allow a vote on a Covid-19 assistance plan without the aid for states they've said is vital, after a bipartisan group split that and liability protections from other relief spending.

(Bloomberg) -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to increase direct stimulus payments in the newly enacted Covid-19 relief bill from $600 to $2,000, bucking President Donald Trump who demanded the change.

A motion by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to approve a stimulus checks bill that passed the House on Monday was blocked by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The bill cleared the House on a 275 to 134 vote Monday.

Just before Schumer made his motion, McConnell said the Senate will address three of Trump’s complaints: the amount of the stimulus payments, as well as unrelated concerns about election fraud and a law that shields technology companies from liability for user content.

“This week the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus,” McConnell said, without explaining when or if a vote will happen.

Trump on Tuesday, in a series of tweets, again demanded that the stimulus payments should be scaled up by the Senate.

“$2000 for our great people, not $600! They have suffered enough from the China Virus!!!” he said.

Despite the push by Trump, spending $464 billion on higher stimulus checks is not popular among Republicans who are increasingly focused on the burgeoning national debt. Only 44 Republicans joined 231 Democrats on Monday to pass a bill increasing the payments to $2,000. In the Senate just a handful of Republicans are now publicly on board, including Florida’s Marco Rubio and Missouri’s Josh Hawley.

The GOP tension comes at a crucial time for Republicans who are fighting to maintain control of the Senate in a pair of Georgia runoff elections on Jan. 5. On Tuesday, both GOP incumbents in the races, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler also came out in favor of the $2,000 checks.

©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

Senate GOP Blocks Attempt to Pass $2,000 Stimulus Checks
 

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Christine Streeter
Christine Streeter Dec 29, 2020 4:33PM ET
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Most Americans do NOT need a 2k check. Give the money to small business and those that are truly unemployed because their Government shut them down. And how about stop paying all the millionaires in congress until we are back to pre-covid unemployment? What do Nancy and Chucky need with OUR money???
Cody Heck
Cody Heck Dec 29, 2020 3:16PM ET
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Saying the deficit is a reason to not pass the $2k stimulus is complete rubbish. It is a manufactured response composed by those actually in power. Unblock defense bill, block $2k bill. So obvious to see how America runs.
Boto Slacker
Boto Slacker Dec 29, 2020 3:12PM ET
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All that pork spending still in the bill for other countries, but we can't give $2000 for Americans. Never-mind the fact EVERY OTHER country gave their citizens $2k a month! They don't want American public to understand we have enough $$$ to help small business, and working folk, they just fund defense contractors like Boeing and other foreign aid instead. Shameful Fools.
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Dec 29, 2020 3:12PM ET
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Its called money laundering
Harry Gomala
UseYourHead Dec 29, 2020 3:12PM ET
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Exactly
Robert Kohany
Robert Kohany Dec 29, 2020 2:31PM ET
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Whats the net worth of these “public servants”. 30 million for mitch 250 million for Rick Scott. I guess sociopaths dont get ashamed
Rametula Salahi
Rametula Salahi Dec 29, 2020 1:50PM ET
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get this traitor fired .he is a traitor .vote blue
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Dec 29, 2020 1:12PM ET
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They will work on 3 things. This is a political move by Mitch. He knows if they vote on the check only, it will pass. He sticks 2 Trump complaints into it so now the Dem have to pick the poisons or walk away.
Devonta Whitworth
Devonta Whitworth Dec 29, 2020 1:10PM ET
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Honestly its the senate that want people to suffer
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Dec 29, 2020 1:10PM ET
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They always stick something into a bill that the orther party doesnt like. Then they come to a compremise. Then both will sell their version and blame the other on other. That is politic.
MK MK
MK MK Dec 29, 2020 1:08PM ET
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How this yankies dare to talk about "stimulus"? They have constant huge trade and budget deficit. You just did not earn and do not deserve it!
James Burton
James Burton Dec 29, 2020 1:06PM ET
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strange that the Dem's agreed with the Prez, but his own party didn't??
Matt Kay
Matt Kay Dec 29, 2020 1:00PM ET
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Even mango wanted 2k for Americans but his cronies did not let it pass? Feeling some mixed signals here...
 
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