Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday known as for a stand-alone vote within the Senate on a House-passed invoice for $2,000 coronavirus aid funds. In doing so, Graham broke from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has drawn bipartisan backlash for refusing to deliver the measure to a vote.
McConnell stated Wednesday that there’s “no realistic path to quickly” go the proposed laws to spice up the $600 stimulus checks outlined in the newest COVID-19 aid bundle to $2,000 for each eligible American.
“I think if you had a standalone vote on the $2,000 check, it might pass,” Graham stated throughout an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.
President Donald Trump, whose administration helped negotiate the aid bundle, shocked Republicans final week when he known as on lawmakers to spice up the funds to $2,000 ― one thing some Democrats have been pushing for for months.
Trump, after a number of days of hemming and hawing, finally signed the aid invoice into regulation on Sunday however made three requests of Congress: go $2,000 checks, roll again sure protections granted to social media firms and set up a fee to research election fraud. (Trump has continued to push baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, regardless that the Justice Department and election officers nationwide have stated they’ve discovered no proof of such fraud.)
The Democratic-controlled House handed a invoice for the $2,000 checks on Monday, however McConnell has blocked Senate Democrats’ efforts to maneuver on it within the higher chamber.
“The Senate is not going to split apart the three issues that President Trump linked together just because Democrats are afraid to address two of them,” McConnell stated from the Senate flooring Wednesday.
But Graham’s feedback Thursday signaled extra Republicans could also be prepared to affix them of their drive for a separate vote on the checks.
“Here’s the facts: 70% of Republicans don’t want to go to $2,000,” Graham informed “Fox & Friends.” “They think it’s a $430 billion cost to the Treasury. They think it’s an inefficient way of giving money to people hurting. … But I’m with the president on this.”
Graham urged McConnell to carry a separate vote on the checks after Jan. 3, when the brand new Congress has been sworn in.
“I’d like a stand-alone vote in the new Congress on the $2,000 check,” Graham stated. “We have seven Republicans who have already said they’d vote for it. We need five more. I think if we had the vote, it would get there.”
He stated McConnell must also maintain separate votes on protections for social media firms and the so-called election fraud fee.
McConnell’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
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