Moments ago, President Trump reacted to Mitch McConnell blocking initial attempts to have $2,000 stimulus checks approved today.
Trump wrote “Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!”
He added “also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough!”
Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough! https://t.co/GMotstu7OI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2020
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 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.”