Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attacked the House-passed bill increasing stimulus checks to $2,000 on Wednesday afternoon, likely dooming the prospects of boosting direct payments as the 116th Congress comes to an end.
The Kentucky Republican said the House’s proposal is too generous for higher earners and “does not align with what President [Donald] Trump has suggested, which has no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.”
McConnell said he will not split up a bill combining the checks with an election fraud commission and a rollback of legal protections for big tech, which he introduced on Tuesday.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has shut the door on President Donald Trump’s push for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks. The Republican leader says Congress has provided enough pandemic aid. https://t.co/iAIR1IT3BU
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) December 30, 2020
Bernie Sanders just stuffed Mitch McConnell in a locker.
“Let me just make it clear for the majority leader — that 10 out of the poorest 25 counties in the US are located in Kentucky.” pic.twitter.com/EPm7jT5TSF
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) December 30, 2020
Mitch McConnell & the rest of the hideous GOP saying they won’t be bullied into handing out an additional $1400 because some people might not need it, are the same folks who gave out billions in tax breaks to the rich TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY.
WE. ARE. NOT. STUPID. YOU FUCKERS!
— ken olin (@kenolin1) December 30, 2020
80-12: Senate votes to begin debate on the override of the President’s veto of the 2021 NDAA defense policy bill. McConnell then filed cloture setting up a procedural vote to limit debate for later in the week and adjourned the Senate until tomorrow at 12 Noon. pic.twitter.com/XCRFj6VPYD
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) December 30, 2020