Although this move does not guarantee that McConnell can put the bill to a vote, if time (and political wind) pressures the conference hall, it will provide a substantive choice for the meeting. Almost all of these people will certainly not win the vote.
New York State Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called the bill a “cynicism”
However, in the final chaotic days of the 116th Congress, McConnell’s actions were crucial for several reasons.
Aides said that this group is hardly a majority. A large number of Senate Republicans have doubts about the measures passed by the House of Representatives to increase direct payments.
Senator Patrick Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, said that given the scale and scope of direct payments, its “unsound economic policy.”
Senator John Corning, a Republican senator of Texas and McConnell’s ally, said he opposed the increase in independent direct payments, and said that, given the amount of funding Congress has allocated in the Covid rescue plan so far , Should focus more on these efforts.
Corning said of the Democrats in the House of Representatives: “This is just the opportunism of the House.” “They had a problem, and unfortunately, it seemed to drown out all the other good things we did.”
By linking all Trump’s demands, especially with policies that the Democrats would almost certainly oppose, McConnell gave himself a choice. If he put it to a vote, it would give Republicans some chance to vote. This is almost impossible to become law.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said: “If we start adding poison to the $2,000 payment bill, that is another way to tell Americans that the agency does not support $2,000 payments.”
McConnell passed this alternative bill to incorporate all Trump’s requirements into a piece of legislation. Aides said that it is not yet clear whether the bill will actually be proposed-the 116th Congress may not take any action at all-if it does, it will become a way to solve the president’s problem and support it. Two Republican senators from Georgia need to vote in a tight ballot.
By introducing the bill and putting it on the Senate calendar, McConnell technically started the process. McConnell himself seemed to imply very specific language in his earlier speech in the Senate and pointed out that the Chamber of Commerce would “start a process” to address the president’s request.
However, Trump continued to increase payments on Twitter to defeat opponents and attack Republican leaders.
Trump said on Twitter: “Unless the Republicans have a desire to die, which is also the right thing to do, they must approve a payment of $2,000 as soon as possible.” “$600 is not enough! And, get rid of Article 230-don’t Let big technology companies steal our country, and don’t let Democrats steal the presidential election. Be tough!”
However, as a hallmark of Trump’s frequent dealings with Congress, it is unclear whether he wants to vote on the expansion of direct payments as a standalone measure or combined with other factors. This ambiguity opened the door to McConnell’s legislative proposal to some extent.
Before taking any stimulus measures, McConnell made it clear that the first task of the Chamber of Commerce is to continue to deal with Trump’s veto power to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. change. McConnell initially tried to decide to vote on Wednesday, but Senator Bernie Sanders opposed and made it clear that unless the Senate voted up and down on the stimulus checks passed by the House of Representatives, he would postpone the voting process.
Sanders, a Vermont independent, said: “Today, the working class in this country is facing greater economic despair than at any time since the Great Depression in the 1930s.” Sanders has been working to increase the scale of direct payments.
However, Sanders could not prevent the NDAA from vetoing the vote-only draws. Some Republican aides pointed out that the longer NDAA process can help Republicans who are totally opposed to checks and do not want any action on direct payments before the closing of the 116th Congress on Sunday.
Earlier on Tuesday, McConnell only promised when speaking in the Senate that he would “start dealing with” Trump’s issues. He has never voted for stimulus checks or anything else. Aides said that this provided a way for him to decide to take, but there is currently no lockdown.
This story has undergone other development and updated on Tuesday.