Bill to increase stimulus checks has been blocked for the third day in a row

by Jenny Mount · Dec 31st, 2020 4:15 pm

Last Updated Jan 1st, 2021 at 10:51 am

For the third day in a row, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked a bill that would increase the amount of stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.

"Our colleagues who purport to be the champions of vulnerable Americans now say that what struggling people really need is for Congress to stop focusing on targeted relief for them specifically and to instead send thousands of dollars to people who don't need help," said McConnell on the Senate floor. "We do not need to let the Speaker of the House do socialism for rich people in order to help those who need help."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has called on McConnell to hold a stand-alone vote on increasing the amount of checks after the 117th Congress starts on Sunday, as well as stand-alone votes on Section 230 and the election commission.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer is supporting Graham's idea, but he wants the votes to take place before the 116th Congress ends.

"We're willing to vote on the other issues that President Trump mentioned. All the issues the Republican leader says must be addressed so long as we vote on them separately," said Schumer.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that the "argument that this bill in any significant way benefits the rich is just inaccurate."

"Let us talk about who this bill does benefit. This bill benefits tens of millions of Americans who as a result of this pandemic have ... lost their jobs," Sanders said. "All that we are asking is give us the opportunity to vote up or down on whether or not working families in this country should be able to receive a $2,000 check."


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