McConnell most likely fines $ 2,000 checks
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate as he and the rest of the US Senate face a decision to make stimulus checks of $ 2,000 on December 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA to approve.
Leah Millis | Reuters
Efforts to raise direct payments in the year-end coronavirus bill to $ 2,000 were doomed on Wednesday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was going to disregard the plan from the unrelated requirements Separate from President Donald Trump on technology and electoral politics.
“The Senate will not split the three issues that President Trump has linked together just because Democrats are afraid to address two of them,” he said in the Senate.
The Democratic House has passed a standalone bill that aims to increase checks from $ 600 to $ 2,000 as 44 Trump-knocked Republicans have joined almost all Democrats in support of the move. The GOP-controlled Senate has announced it will fail the controls without setting other Trump priorities that the Democrats see as toxic – and McConnell knows they would punt any legislation.
Chuck Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Minority, DN.Y., tried unanimously to call a vote on the standalone bill to send larger payments for the second day in a row. He said, “The only way to get the American people the $ 2,000 checks they deserve and need is to hand over the house bill and hand it over now.” McConnell again denied his request.
As the dispute unfolded in the Senate, Treasury began sending out payments of up to $ 600 on Tuesday evening. If Congress can break through the thorny political momentum to raise deposits to $ 2,000 – which appeared unlikely on Wednesday – the government would later add to the money already allocated.
McConnell, R-Ky., On Tuesday unveiled the bill to increase payments to $ 2,000 but also to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects legal liability for internet platforms, and a commission for electoral fraud. The President has pushed for the latter provision as he claims without evidence that a widespread fraud cost him the 2020 presidential race against President-elect Joe Biden.
Schumer said Tuesday that linking other proposals to the direct monetary measure would be “an obvious attempt to evade Americans’ survival check for $ 2,000.”
McConnell has tried to offset a desire not to raise the price of the $ 900 billion bailout immediately while appeasing a GOP president who has fixated on sending more direct payments to struggling Americans. The President’s demands put the Senate GOP in a difficult position ahead of the January 5 runoff elections in Georgia that will determine whether the party retains control of the Chamber.
Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the Senate Wednesday to approve the standalone bill before the new Congress begins on Sunday at 12:00 PM ET.
“I hope that in the days ahead – we only have a few days left in session – they will see the light and understand the suffering that is going on in this country,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said of Republicans.
Meanwhile, Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Blocked another attempt by Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., To force a vote on the larger payments on Wednesday.
“There is no point in having these universal payments. Any relief should be targeted,” he told CNBC earlier in the day.
The Senate has not yet voted to lift Trump’s veto of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. McConnell called lawmakers back this week to do so. While the chamber plans to take procedural steps on Wednesday to get a vote, it may not be able to override the veto until Saturday.
Sanders blocked the swift examination of the defense measure on Tuesday when he called for a vote on the standalone bill to increase direct payments to $ 2,000. When the Senator urged the law to be passed again on Wednesday, the Senator brought with him an enlarged copy of a Trump tweet asking the President to “$ 2000 ASAP!” Urged.
At least four Republican senators – Josh Hawley from Missouri, Marco Rubio from Florida, and Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue from Georgia – have expressed support for larger payments. Loeffler and Perdue are fighting a runoff election on January 5 to determine which party will control the Senate for the next two years. Hawley and Rubio are considered potential GOP candidates for president in 2024.
Trump continues to urge Congress to approve $ 2,000 worth of checks after threatening to veto the aid bill because it contained too little direct money for Americans. He gave in and signed it on Sunday.
Senate controls controversy has lasted for more than eight months, with no quarreling on Capitol Hill over how far the federal government should go to stimulate the economy and health system during the pandemic. The Democrats have been pressing for trillion more aid since May, two months after Congress passed the $ 2 trillion CARES bill. Republicans again called for more relief in July and never raised their price above $ 1 trillion.
Lawmakers then failed to approve a new relief for months before settling on the $ 900 billion package that was passed this month. They left lifelines like the $ 600 per week unemployment benefit and the unsuccessful small business loan application window that helped lift millions out of poverty and keep business doors open in the early days of the pandemic, on the route.
The new bailout package, which was passed in the same legislation as a regular government spending plan of $ 1.4 trillion, renews some provisions from the spring. Unemployment is expected to increase by USD 300 per week by mid-March. The payment is half what unemployed Americans received from the CARES Act.
It also expands provisions that allow gig, freelancers, and self-employed people to take out unemployment insurance and increases the maximum number of benefit weeks.
The bill sends $ 600 direct payments to most Americans. The total is half of the $ 1,200 contained in the CARES Act.
In addition, more than $ 300 billion is being allocated to small business support, primarily through $ 284 billion in loans for the paycheck protection program. It includes $ 8 billion for vaccine distribution as states struggle to keep up with early vaccinations.
The move brings in $ 82 billion in education and $ 45 billion in transportation. It does not include state and local aid, a measure that Democrats and many Republicans are pulling back to prevent layoffs from state payrolls.
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