Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stated Monday that he’ll delay a Senate vote to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a protection spending invoice till a vote to extend COVID-19 aid funds to $2,000 is delivered to the ground.
“[Mitch] McConnell and the Senate want to expedite the override vote and I understand that,” Sanders told Politico. “But I’m not going to allow that to happen unless there is a vote, no matter how long that takes, on the $2,000 direct payment.”
The House handed laws earlier on Monday to greater than triple stimulus funds outlined in the newest coronavirus aid package deal, from $600 to $2,000 for each eligible American. The invoice handed 275-134 within the decrease chamber, with 231 Democrats and 44 Republicans voting sure.
Democrats have rallied round Trump’s last-minute help for heftier funds and have known as on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to help them as properly. But McConnell hasn’t commented on whether or not he’ll transfer ahead with the invoice.
Trump, whose administration helped negotiate the aid package deal, shocked Republicans final week when he urged lawmakers to extend the stimulus funds to $2,000 ― an quantity some Democrats had been pushing for all alongside.
“The House passed a $2,000 direct payment for working people,” Sanders tweeted Monday. “Now it’s the Senate’s turn. If McConnell doesn’t agree to an up or down vote to provide the working people of our country a $2,000 direct payment, Congress will not be going home for New Year’s Eve. Let’s do our job.”
Trump final week vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual protection coverage invoice that has bipartisan help. Among his record of calls for, Trump has known as on lawmakers to strip the proposed laws of language that permits for the renaming of navy bases that honor Confederate leaders.
The House voted Monday to override the president’s veto. The Senate is anticipated to do the identical, establishing Congress’ first veto override of Trump’s presidency.
Sanders’ plan to filibuster the veto override vote is uncommon however not illegal, reported Politico. He can’t impede the vote indefinitely, however he can delay it till New Year’s Day.
Keeping the Senate in session by means of the tip of the yr would throw a wrench in Republicans’ plans — together with these of Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who’re possible desperate to return to their residence state to marketing campaign forward of their extremely anticipated runoff election on Jan. 5.
It’s unclear whether or not sufficient Senate Republicans would be part of Democratic caucus members to move the $2,000 funds. At least 12 Republicans must vote in favor of the laws.
Trump on Tuesday signaled a uncommon second of help for Sanders, tweeting that Congress ought to “give the people $2000, not $600” in response to a report of the Vermont senator’s plan to filibuster the NDAA vote.
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