Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request to hold a vote on a House standalone measure that would boost the size of stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 per person, a proposal supported by President Trump. McConnell did not explain why he objected, but under the Senate’s rules any senator can block efforts to set up votes or pass bills.
McConnell also objected to a proposal by Bernie Sanders to vote on the House bill that passed 275-134 Monday.
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just blocked a proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for a vote on the House bill to increase direct payments to $2,000. pic.twitter.com/Ow5oC4vdhi
— The Recount (@therecount) December 29, 2020
According to CNN “the legislation could be voted on at a later time or date if McConnell so chooses.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, attempted to pass the change to the omnibus spending bill through a unanimous consent request on the Senate floor, but any senator can halt passage of legislation that way. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, objected to the request.”
According to The Hill “McConnell signaled separately that he could package the increase in direct stimulus checks, with a repeal of a tech shield that has emerged as a top target for Trump and election-related investigations. Trump, in his statement on signing the $2.3 trillion package, said the Senate would “start the process for a vote” that tackles the three issues.”
McConnell said “during this process, the president highlighted three additional issues of national significance he would like to see Congress tackle together.”
He added “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.”
Trump tweeted Tuesday morning “$2000 for our great people, not $600! They have suffered enough from the China Virus!!!”
$2000 for our great people, not $600! They have suffered enough from the China Virus!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2020
BREAKING: GOP Leader McConnell objects to Dems request to vote on $2000 direct checks.
Unless that changes, that is a hard end to the idea for at least weeks, if not for much longer.
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) December 29, 2020
Mitch McConnell today blocked Senate Democrats' efforts to unanimously pass a House measure to up the stimulus checks to $2,000 from $600. https://t.co/cnGFg3BBam
— Axios (@axios) December 29, 2020