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Forced into the unenviable position of choosing between the tenets of fiscal conservatism, addressing the American people’s needs, and being perceived as defying President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told his colleagues that the Senate would address Trump’s request for $2,000 stimulus checks.

However, McConnell declined a quick vote on checks as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recommended.

Increasing the checks to $2,000 will cost the federal government an additional $464 billion. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in September that covid-inspired federal spending programs already increased the 2020 federal budget deficit to $3.3 trillion, a number expected to exceed the entire U.S. economy in 2021.

Still, increasing the value of stimulus checks is highly popular.

Per Fox News:

McConnell, R-Ky., speaking on the Senate floor acknowledged that Trump “would like further direct financial support for American households.” McConnell at the same time mentioned that Trump wants Congress wants to address Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides protections for companies that host third-party content on their platforms — like Facebook and Twitter — and that Trump wants Congress to look into election security.

“Those are the three important subjects the president has linked together,” McConnell said. “This week the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus.

McConnell, who decides the Senate’s order of business, has likely already weighed the consequences of his decision on the looming Georgia Senate runoff elections.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Sens. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.; David Perdue, R-Ga.; Lindsey Graha, R-S.C.; Josh Hawley, R-Mo.; and Marco Rubio have backed the House legislation for $2,000 stimulus checks, which passed with more than a two-thirds majority Monday.

Seven more Senate Republicans would need to come out in support of the checks in order to break a filibuster and set the issue for an up-or-down vote. That would also depend on if McConnell brings the stimulus check bill back to the floor.

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bajaron
bajaron
1 month ago

We are being told that the 2 special senate races in Georgia will determine who will control the Senate. But it appears that so many Republicans are voting with the Democrats that it won’t make much difference.

Josephine Lara
Josephine Lara
1 month ago
Reply to  bajaron

And be sure when their running again WE WILL NOT FORGET! They get paid for not working and will NOT let us have OUR money to get b Re,e, ber!y! ALL because THE PIG has added so much of OUR $$$$$ for other countries! YEP we know where we stand and its NOT 1st!

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 month ago
Reply to  Josephine Lara

Mitch is trying to insure that the money will go to the American people instead of other countries. I trust Mitch McConnell. The commiecrats colluded with China to bring us this virus to push more globalization and to hurt Trump. And it looks like it’s working.

Bob
Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

You haven’t been listening to the Obammites? They assured us that the whole virus thing was Trumps fault! Don’t you listen?

The Kenyan racist has started the path to DESTRUCTION and he assures us his boy Sleepy and his favorite Ho will finish the job!

Toenail
Toenail
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

I am amazed. Why would you trust Mitch McConnell? He has never helped President Trump. He is bought and paid for by China.

Msueh
Msueh
1 month ago
Reply to  Josephine Lara

“b Re,e, ber!y!”. ???
In English, please.

Joyce Krause
Joyce Krause
1 month ago
Reply to  Josephine Lara

These Republicans are traitors to the US citizens. Instead of worrying about other countries they should cut their take to cover the $2000.00 stimulus. We won’t forget. We will fight.

Susanna
Susanna
1 month ago
Reply to  Joyce Krause

We would need zero stimulus checks if businesses were allowed to stay open. Restaurants and small business are going to close without a bill to keep them open. Draconian measures are unnecessary. Governors don’t run their states, they dictate and destroy. Grocery Stores are not spreading Covid, why would anyplace else?

Nancy
Nancy
1 month ago
Reply to  Josephine Lara

You believe this how? Mitch and his wife BOTH work for China. If they deny us the money it means more money to launder for his bank account through these countries that don’t back our president. And how does FOREIGN INFLUENCE not be treasonous with money laundering/donations?

Angelika
Angelika
1 month ago
Reply to  bajaron

R I N O S….!!!!

Kerry Tackett
Kerry Tackett
1 month ago

This Congress thinks it’s ok to send billions and billions to Foreign Countries, with a bill full of pork crap…but doesn’t want to take care of us! We need term and we need term limits right now! These idiots need to be sent home!

Msueh
Msueh
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Tackett

Sent home WITHOUT their fancy retirement bennies or right to reelection!

Bob
Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Msueh

Or the Obammite FREE health care! Course if they are BLACK thy will get it free anyway, just not the DELUXE version.

Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Tackett

Isn’t it ironic that they get to vote if they should limit their fat pork agenda to two terms.

Thomas
Thomas
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Tackett

And don’t forget a lot of the stimulus money went to give Democrat’s and Republican’s a pay raise . It was actually in the bill….

Barbara
Barbara
1 month ago

TO THE REP WHO ARE VOTING WITH THE DEMS ———– WATCH YOURSELF, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ARE WATCHING WHO IS ON OUR SIDE. AND IT IS USUALLY NOT THE DAMN DEMS THEY USE IT AS A HAMMER OVER US AND WE ARE NOT GOIGN TO TAKE IT ANY MORE. WE ARE TIRED OF BEING USED AS PAWNS BY THE DEMS. THE DEMS DO NOTHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE SO YOU REP BETTER DAMN WELL COME THROUGH FOR US.! PEOPLE ARE HURTING.!!!!!

Crackerjack
Crackerjack
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara

We will remember next election why in the world do we have to waste so much money sending it to other countries that don’t like us it is unbelievable when we have so many people hurting in this country they could give every tax payer 10,000 dollars that out the stupid pork an still not spend that kind of money

Bob
Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Crackerjack

But the Congress thieves would not have gotten their HUGE cut returned to them from the foreign countries!! Haven’t you figured out yet that is why this stupidity is happening! Need to EXECUTE a bunch of them for treason!