Politico reported on Monday that unless the Senate votes on the $2,000 stimulus payment included in the COVID relief bill, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) plans to thwart the Senate’s veto of the bipartisan defense bill.
Why it matters: Although Sanders is unlikely to stop the veto vote, postponing it until New Year’s Day may create new obstacles for the Republican Party.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has not announced plans to vote on stimulus measures.
Big picture: Sanders told Politico: “The American people are desperate, and the Senate must do a good job before leaving town.” “Especially after the House of Representatives did the right thing, the Senate just left Washington without voting on it. This is unreasonable.”
- This delay strategy will cause disruption to Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler (senators), who are fighting for a runoff race in Georgia on January 5. To control the Senate.
- Politico wrote that keeping them in the District of Columbia will focus the game on their lack of clear support for payment, and their challengers agree.
- It is not clear whether the direct payment of $2,000 will gain enough support in the Republican Party to pass the Senate. At least 13 Republicans must cross the channel.
- President Trump signed the relief bill on Sunday but urged Congress to increase the originally outlined direct payment of $600 to $2,000 per person.
What to see: The Senate is expected to vote on the veto of the defense bill on Tuesday.