The Senate met on Friday for a rare session on New Year’s Day to fight more than $ 2,000 in stimulus checks that President Trump had requested.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) has said he will not allow voting on payments for the pandemic unless Democrats agree to repeal legal protections for social media companies and create a voter fraud committee.
time is running out. The next session of Congress begins at noon on Sunday, and if checks are not approved by then, A bill passed by the House of Representatives He dies and must pass again.
“The House Democrats bill is simply not the right approach,” McConnell said Friday.
Many conservatives are against the increase Just accept $ 600 checks To $ 2,000, saying it would add an estimated $ 462 billion to the national debt and possibly cause inflation.
Senate majority, Whip John Thune (R-SD), said Friday that it would be “a rifle approach where the rifle makes the most sense.”
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat, New York) indicated that some Republican senators support the new checks.
“For once, we have progressive Democrats, conservative Republicans, the president himself, not to mention the majority of course – the vast majority of the American people sing from the same songwriters to support these controls,” he said.
Schumer said Friday would be the “last chance” to agree to the largest stimulus measure.
Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, David Purdue of Georgia, and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina are in favor of increasing the amount of the check.
“If the Senate doesn’t act today, it won’t become a $ 2,000 bill before the end of Congress, and they will know that Leader McConnell and the Republican majority prevented them from getting checks, plain and simple,” Schumer said.
The check fight has become tied to a different battle over whether to override Trump’s veto on the $ 740 billion defense bill. He will continue to veto if the vote in the Senate is not completed by Sunday noon.
Senators are expected to vote on Friday on whether to continue to override the veto, which will be Trump’s first presidency. Sixty votes are needed to end the debate, which means some Democrats are needed, even without an agreement on $ 2000 checks.
Trump said Objected to the defense bill Because it has not repealed Article 230 of the Communications Etiquette Law, which protects technology companies that host third-party content, because it seeks to block its withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 in November. To 2,500 by January 15 And because it would require the renaming of 10 military bases that honor the Confederations.
If the larger checks were approved, the relief amount would decrease for higher income people.
For individual tax folks without dependents, the amount goes down – under both $ 600 and $ 2000 – for people who earn more than $ 75,000 a year. People who earn more than $ 95,000 – and spouses without dependents earn more than $ 190,000 – get nothing in either plan.