Trump’s demands have put Republicans at a standstill, forcing them to either grapple with hundreds of billions of dollars for the coronavirus deal – which has been delayed for months in Congress due to disagreements over its price – or to overthrow the president and his legion of die-hard devotees.
The House passed a bill on Monday to increase those payments, with more than 40 Republicans joining the Democratic majority in favor of the increase.
The first-year Republican senator’s comments come after Democrats spent months bludgeoning Loeffler and his Georgian counterpart, Sen. David Perdue, for not doing enough to get a relief deal. Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff pushed the pair to a runoff on Jan.5 that will decide which party controls the Senate next year.
Protecting the two endangered senators – and Republicans’ grip on the chamber – was on the mind of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the relief package was being negotiated, he reportedly told Republicans of the Senate that the couple was “hammered” on the stalemate.
Perdue also tweeted Tuesday its support for increasing direct aid to $ 2,000.
“President @realDonaldTrump is right – I support this request for $ 2,000 in direct aid to the American people,” he posted.
Trump is expected to campaign with Loeffler and Perdue in Georgia on Monday as part of a total effort to ensure Republicans have leverage over power when President-elect Joe Biden takes office next month.
Loeffler has proudly aligned himself with Trump since being appointed to the seat by Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia a year ago, with the perfect voting record a major feature of his speech to voters.
However, his “100%” line could be in danger as the Senate is expected to vote by the end of the month to overturn Trump’s recent veto on the National Defense Authorization Act. The House voted to do so on Monday, positioning the bill to become the first successful replacement during Trump’s tenure.
The priority vote in the Senate would force Loeffler to side with Trump or the country’s military. The senator was cautious on Tuesday in answering how she would vote on the upcoming waiver, underlining the delicate position the president has placed Republicans in.
“President Trump has been a great champion of our military, its rebuilding and securing our national defense, and we will continue to make sure we support our men and women in the military,” she said. declared. “Georgia is an incredibly important military state in this country, and I will always stand by our men and women in the military, and thank President Trump for standing up for them.
Perdue also avoided responding if he would vote to overturn the president’s veto in an interview on Fox News.
“We have been working for three years to rebuild our army, to face this Chinese threat that we now see so vividly,” he said. “What we can’t do is go through a period of time that was under Obama and Biden when they cut our army again by 25%.
To escalate the drama of the NDAA waiver, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Vowed to filibuster the vote unless the Senate also votes on increasing direct aid payments to 2000 dollars.
The tactic has the potential to delay the process for days, keeping Loeffler and Perdue tied up in Washington as they come home from their second-round campaigns.