Trump responded to McConnell’s decision with rage on Twitter: “Unless the Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they need to approve the $ 2,000 payments as soon as possible. ” He also called for an end to legal protections for tech companies.
Democrats are clearly wary that McConnell will attempt to lump the three disparate topics together, which, according to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), “Is an invitation to the whole effort collapsing.”
Senate Democrats have rejected McConnell’s plans for the defense bill, insisting it should offer a way forward for larger checks to get a quick vote to overturn Trump’s veto . This left the future of relief checks in question.
Yet despite the boondoggle on the floor, there has been a recent move towards the adoption of larger direct payments among Republicans. Many House Republicans backed a House bill to increase checks on Monday and Conservative Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) Told reporters on Tuesday she was open to the idea.
“People are suffering and I think we need to get more help,” she said, while avoiding the possibility of checks being bundled with unrelated bills. “I am upset that it is not targeted. I’m upset that the process always throws things together, I’m upset that we continue not to have bills in time to really study them.
The senses. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) And David Perdue (R-Ga.) Endorsed checks for 2,000 $. Both Loeffler and Perdue will take part in second-round races on January 5 that will determine Senate control next year.
But getting those checks back to the ground before that looks like a daunting task after Tuesday’s hubbub. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to push through the House-approved bill raising checks from $ 600 to $ 2,000, which McConnell rejected. Passing such a bill unanimously was still unlikely, given Republicans’ resistance to spending hundreds of billions more on checks.
Then Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Asked McConnell at least to organize a recorded vote to follow the veto waiver.
“The leaders of our country, President Trump, President-elect Biden, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi all agree,” Sanders said. “Are we turning our backs on struggling working families or are we responding to their pain?”
McConnell also denied this request. Sanders responded by blocking the swift passage of the veto, leaving the option of keeping the Senate in session until New Year’s Day to complete consideration of the defense bill.
McConnell clarified that the Senate would complete this task.
“Failure is not an option,” he said. “I urge my colleagues to support this legislation once again when we vote.”