Open the Senate Building and observe McConnell. Although Trump insists that he has obtained the promise that the process will begin in the U.S. Senate, the majority leader apparently has not made any public promises about how he plans to process the $2,000 check. McConnell’s speech on Tuesday can clarify the direction of the Senate Republican Party.
Bottom line: If McConnell announces plans to formally vote on the bill, considering the procedural obstacles, the vote may still take a few days to proceed.
At the same time, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will seek unanimous agreement on Tuesday to pass measures to increase direct payments to $2,000. This is impossible because any senator can object (Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin opposed the increase in funding for stimulus checks a few days ago).
McConnell knew that adding a check of $2,000 to this bill would cost hundreds of billions of dollars. In order for the bill to pass, McConnell needs 12 Republicans to join. It is not clear whether there are many Republicans. Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida said he supports the payment. Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri strongly supports stimulus checks. However, voting on this issue will undoubtedly split the Republican meeting, forcing Georgian Senators Kelly Lovell and David Perdue to vote hard days before reaching the finals. This also exposes members who voted down to the anger of a president who has never been too friendly to the president.
This does not mean that McConnell will not develop in this direction. If they vote for it, voting with a check of $2,000 may also improve the level of Perdue and Loeffler’s competition. The regulation is very popular. Moreover, even if the measure is not passed, putting it to a vote will prove to the president that McConnell has tried, but the votes did not exist at the time. McConnell has been seeking input from its members as always.
This is also possible. Some Democratic aides who have spoken to CNN worry that McConnell will tie the voting rights of the $2,000 check with a less popular rule. Make it more difficult for Democrats to vote. Remember, Trump has argued that he has obtained a guarantee from the Senate and will also repeal Article 230, which protects Internet companies from liability for content posted on their websites by third-party users. That would disrupt the party’s line and make voting on the $2,000 check more difficult for Democrats to accept.
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McConnell had hoped to raise the NDAA priority vote on Wednesday. However, independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said that unless McConnell brought a check for $2,000, he would block the measure.
Again, we don’t know whether McConnell’s plan is approved, but if he does not promise to put it to a vote, Sanders may force McConnell to delay the time until the NDAA veto vetoes New Year’s Day. Sources predict that the voting result will exceed the Senate’s NDAA. It is only a matter of time. The delay may cause Loeffler and Perdue to leave the campaign line two years early.