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McConnell ties $2,000 stimulus checks to Section 230 repeal, election fraud


  • #Republican #Sen. #Mitch #McConnell introduced a bill #Tuesday linking $2,000 stimulus checks to a repeal of #Section 230 and a new commission to study election fraud, a move likely to doom the increased checks.
  • #McConnell’s proposal came just hours after he blocked a #House-passed bill that would have also boosted #Americans’ stimulus payments, but without tackling the other items — both of which are top #Trump priorities.
  • #Trump and some #Republicans have repeatedly railed against #Section 230 — which shields internet companies from being sued over user-posted content — and made baseless accusations about election fraud, while #Democrats have opposed them on both issues.
  • #McConnell’s decision to tie increased stimulus checks to a #Section 230 repeal and election fraud commission may sink the effort by pressuring #Democrats to vote against the bill or help #Trump notch three wins.
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#Republican #Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell on #Tuesday introduced a bill tying $2,000 stimulus checks to unrelated items on #President #Donald #Trump’s agenda: a full repeal of #Section 230 of the #Communications #Decency #Act and the creation of a new #Congressional committee to further investigate the integrity of the 2020 US elections.

#By linking the increased payments to measures that #Democrats oppose, so-called poison pills, #McConnell’s bill will likely sink efforts to get #Americans additional COVID-19 relief.

#McConnell’s move comes just hours after he blocked a separate attempt by #Democrats to hold a vote on $2,000 checks that didn’t include language on the other two issues.

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“#Senator #McConnell knows how to make $2,000 survival checks reality and he knows how to kill them,” #Democratic #Senate #Minority #Leader #Chuck #Schumer said in a press release.

“#If #Sen. #McConnell tries loading up the bipartisan #House-passed CASH #Act with unrelated, partisan provisions that will do absolutely nothing to help struggling families across the country, it will not pass the #House and cannot become law — any move like this by #Sen. #McConnell would be a blatant attempt to deprive #Americans of a $2,000 survival check,” #Schumer added.

#Earlier on #Tuesday, #Senate #Minority #Leader #Chuck #Schumer had called for an immediate vote in the upper chamber on legislation known as the CASH #Act, which was passed by the #House on #Monday night with the support of 44 #Republicans and all but two #Democrats.

#McConnell has repeatedly opposed additional direct COVID-19 relief payments to #Americans, previously calling them “crazy policy.” #But he has also faced pressure recently from #Democrats, #Trump, and even some #Republicans — ahead of pivotal runoff elections in #Georgia for control of the #Senate — to raise the amount to $2,000 from the $600 that #Congress and #Trump signed off on earlier this week.

#Read more: $600 checks for most people, help for entertainment venues, airlines and public transit. #Here’s what else is in the $900 billion stimulus #Trump just signed.

#Trump had threatened to veto the stimulus bill, because the checks were not for $2,000, but he eventually singed the $900 billion relief package.

#On #Tuesday, following #McConnell’s decision to block the #House proposal that would have done exactly that, #Trump lashed out again, while also pushing #Republicans to link the increased payments to his crusades against the tech industry and the presidential election results.

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“#Unless #Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH! #Also, get rid of #Section 230 – #Don’t let #Big #Tech steal our #Country, and don’t let the #Democrats steal the #Presidential #Election. #Get tough!” #Trump tweeted.

#By linking the $2,000 checks to #Trump’s other demands — both of which #Democrats have opposed — #McConnell’s bill will likely pressure #Democrats into voting down the measure, which in turn could give #Republicans political cover to say they weren’t responsible for tanking the increased payments to #Americans.

#Trump has repeatedly railed against #Section 230, a legal provision that shields internet companies from lawsuits over content posted on their sites by users and gives them the ability to regulate that content. #Trump and some #Republicans have mistakenly interpreted the law as requiring social media companies to be politically neutral, and have long complained — despite evidence to the contrary — that social media is biased against conservative viewpoints.

#Trump has also repeatedly advanced baseless claims alleging widespread voter fraud in the 2020 US elections — and his lawyers have won zero out of least 40 lawsuits making such claims. (#President-elect #Joe #Biden earned 306 #Electoral #College votes earlier this month, more than the 270 needed to win the presidential election, and won the popular vote by more than 7 million votes).





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