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McConnell Denies Quick Vote On $2000 Stimulus Checks

What Happened:

  • On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) denied a quick vote on the increase to $2000 Covid-19 Stimulus checks and said the Senate will begin to discuss President Trump's multiple requests over the week.

  • Both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Bernie Sanders attempted to push for a quick Senate vote on the $2000 stimulus checks this Tuesday, but McConnell objected to these attempts. The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the standalone bill just one day before, on Monday.

  • McConnell pointed out that Trump made several requests of Congress: to address Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, to look at election security and "to further direct financial support for American households."

  • Said McConnell, "Those are the three important subjects the president has linked together. This week the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus."

  • The move is not entirely surprising as Senate Republicans have historically opposed additional spending for Covid-19 relief and there was little chance the standalone bill would pass in the GOP controlled Senate.

  • As of yet, McConnell established no clear timeline on when or if the Senate will vote on the standalone bill.

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