Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell mocked the stand-alone $2k payments bill that passed the House with bi-partisan support.
“The Senate is not going to split apart the three issues that President Trump linked together just because Democrats are afraid to address two of them,” McConnell said “The Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of Democrats rich friends who don’t need the help.”
McConnell then claimed the House bill “does not align with what President Trump has suggested” and “has no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.”
Wednesday morning, Newt Gingrich tweeted “If Senate Republicans fail to bring up the $2000 payment as a clean vote they run a real risk of losing the two seats in Georgia. This is an 80% issue. People get it. Billions for the banks, billions for big companies, but we can’t find $2000 for everyday Americans.”
He added “Six days before the most important run off in American history is no time to be engaged in clever parliamentary maneuvers which everyone in America will see through. A complicated bill is a maneuver to kill a $2000 payment 80% of Americans favor. And they will know it.”
Newt pleaded to McConnell during a same day appearance on Fox and Friends, saying “I would beg him to bring up $2,000 payment as a free-standing independent vote, and have people like Sens. Loeffler and Perdue come back and vote for it,” He added “Take it off the table as an issue because, frankly, Warnock and Ossoff could be in favor of the $2,000 unit and can attack Mitch McConnell for the next six days, and I think it’s very hard at that point to win the race.”