Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday punted on a House-passed invoice to extend coronavirus reduction funds to $2,000 regardless of mounting bipartisan help for the checks, together with from President Donald Trump.
McConnell acknowledged that Trump, as he signed on Sunday the newest COVID-19 reduction package deal handed by Congress, additionally requested for motion on three areas of concern for him, together with the stimulus funds. The different points on Trump’s want checklist are intensified election safety and lesser legal responsibility protections for social media corporations.
The Democratic-controlled House on Monday handed a invoice to greater than triple the reduction funds from the $600 within the invoice Trump signed to $2,000, with dozens of Republicans voting in favor of it. The Senate’s Democratic management is urgent McConnell to carry the measure calling for $2,000 funds to a vote within the chamber, however the majority chief has to date refused to decide to that.
McConnell on Tuesday provided a obscure preview of his legislative plan as the present congressional session attracts to an in depth shortly into the brand new 12 months. “This week, the Senate will begin a process” to carry the three points raised by Trump “into focus,” he mentioned from the Senate flooring.
Moments later, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sought unanimous consent for the Senate to take up the $2,000 funds invoice.
The heftier checks “could mean the difference between American families having groceries for a few extra weeks or going hungry,” Schumer mentioned in a flooring speech. He then requested, “Will Senate Republicans fight for a vote on the House-passed [bill] or will they look some other way?”
McConnell swiftly blocked Schumer’s request.
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