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These Are The Senate Republicans Who Support $2,000 Stimulus Checks


The fate of $2,000 stimulus checks now rests in the U.S. #Senate, where a handful of #Republicans have expressed support for larger direct payments for all #Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

#Kelly #Loeffler and #David #Perdue of #Georgia, who are in the middle of two tight runoff races against #Democrats #Raphael #Warnock and #Jon #Ossoff, both signaled their support for $2,000 stimulus checks on #Tuesday.

#Loeffler told #Fox #News that she has “stood by the president 100 percent of the time. I’m proud to do that and I’ve said absolutely, we need to get relief to #Americans now and I will support that.”

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#Perdue echoed that message in a #Twitter post, writing “#President @realdonaldtrump is right — I support this push for $2,000 in direct relief for the #American people.”

#Other #Republicans who have come out in support of $2,000 payments include #Marco #Rubio of #Florida, #Josh #Hawley of #Missouri and #Lindsey #Graham of #South #Carolina.

#Hawley was a key #Republican figure in advocating for stimulus checks during negotiations for the second relief package. #He joined independent #Senator #Bernie #Sanders in a bipartisan effort to provide another round of $1,200 direct payments.

“#Working #Americans have borne the brunt of this pandemic. They’ve been hammered, through no fault of their own. They deserve $2000 in #covid relief – a fraction of what the banks & big business got. #Let’s vote now,” #Hawley tweeted on #December 29.

#After spending time with the president at his #Florida golf club, #Graham tweeted that he was convinced #Trump is “more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2000 per person and challenge #Section 230 big tech liability protection.”

“#Both are reasonable demands, and I hope #Congress is listening,” #Graham wrote in the post. “The biggest winner would be the #American people.”

U.S. #Capitol is reflected in an ambulance on #December 11, 2020 in #Washington, D.C. The fate of $2,000 stimulus checks now rests in the U.S. #Senate, where just a handful of #Republicans have expressed support for larger direct payments for all #Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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#After roughly nine months of stalled negotiations, #Congress finally reached an economic relief deal last week. The $900 billion compromise bill includes money for small businesses, expanded unemployment benefits of $300 per week, an extension of the eviction moratorium, funding for coronavirus vaccines and a second round of direct payments to #Americans.

#But the amount of the second stimulus check has been highly debated since the bill’s passage. #While the administration and congressional leaders agreed on $600 checks, #Trump scorned the amount as “ridiculously low” and demanded it be raised to $2,000.

The president spent several days threatening not to sign the COVID-19 relief package but eventually gave the bill his approval on #Sunday night. #But he said he was sending a “redlined” version of the text back to #Congress with suggested improvements.

“#Much more money is coming,” #Trump said in his statement #Sunday. “I will never give up my fight for the #American people!”

#On #Monday, the #House of #Representatives passed a bill to increase the $600 stimulus checks to $2,000. The measure passed with 275 members voting for the bill and 134 members voting against it. #Forty-four #Republicans sided with #Democrats to support the larger direct payments.

#Now the legislation will go to the #Senate, where it’s unclear whether #Republicans controlling the chamber will put the bill on the floor for an official vote. #So far, #Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell (R-KY) has been silent on the matter.

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#Many #Republican senators have expressed skepticism about $2,000 stimulus checks, arguing it would cost the government too much money.

“#If we went to $2,000 per person, the additional borrowing would be up to almost $500 billion,” #Mitt #Romney of #Utah said during a virtual meeting sponsored by the #Salt #Lake #Chamber of #Commerce on #Wednesday. “#Someone’s got to pay for that. #We can’t just have free money.”



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