Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked efforts on Tuesday to consider legislation to increase payments to individuals from $600 in the coronavirus stimulus package to $2,000.
Kentucky’s McKonnell opposed a request by the Democratic leader of the New York State Senate, Chuck Schumer, to clear the House of Representatives passed legislation introduced after President Donald Trump requested an increase in payments.
He also opposed a stimulus bill proposed by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders because the Senate voted to veto Trump̵
In his speech, McConnell only agreed to “start a process” to make the president’s proposal for a $2,000 check “focus”, and said that the Senate would definitely vote to pass legislation authorizing $740 billion for national defense.
However, Schumer also called for immediate action on the stimulus bill.
Speaking in the Senate, Schumer said: “The solution is simple: take a simple vote on both bills, and then reduce the bargaining chips to the level possible.” “I believe both measures will pass-they should be passed. But. , McConnell’s leaders must allow the Senate to vote on two pieces of legislation, the National Defense Bill and the $2,000 check, before they can go home.”
Sanders failed to win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. He vowed to keep the Senate in session all week if the majority leader does not allow a vote on the $2,000 economic stimulus plan.
Sanders said: “Working families need help now, not next year, but now.”
Before the Senate meeting, Trump issued his latest tweet, calling on Senate Republicans to approve large payments.
The bill passed by the House of Representatives with a two-thirds majority on Monday will provide eligible adults and their children with checks for $2,000 instead of the current $600 per person. Under current law, individuals with a social security number will be paid even if their spouse is not eligible.
The House of Representatives legislation won the support of 44 Republicans, including two representatives from New Jersey, although three-quarters of Republicans voted against it.
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Some Republican senators also support Trump and Congressional Democrats, and support larger checks.
Earlier on Tuesday, Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senators Kelly Loveller and David Perdue both approved a weekly payment of $2,000, and then they will face voters in an election facing the final, which will decide Which party controls the Senate.
Other Republicans also decided to support the president.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R. Fla) said: “Millions of working-class families desperately need additional relief, which is why I support direct payment of $2,000 to Americans struggling with the pandemic.”
Other Senate Republicans opposed stimulus checks from the beginning, saying they did not want to increase the federal deficit.
But the $2,000 check will cost an estimated $444 billion less than a quarter of the tax cuts they supported in 2017, and the Congressional Budget Office stated that the tax cuts will increase the deficit by $1.9 trillion in ten years.
Schumer said: “The Republicans in the Senate increased the deficit by nearly $2 trillion, enabling companies to cut taxes significantly.” “So I don’t want to hear the news: When working families are struggling to maintain their jobs and pay for their families. When paying rent, supporting their families, and living a normal and decent half-way life, the cost of helping them get a check is too high.”
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