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Ohio Senator Brown Joins Sanders in Delaying Senate Holiday Over $2K Stimulus Checks


#Ohio #Democrat #Senator #Sherrod #Brown said #Tuesday that he would push for a #Senate vote on $2,000 stimulus checks by joining #Vermont #Senator #Bernie #Sanders’s filibuster on the #Senate floor.

#Sanders called for a #Senate vote on increasing direct payments from $600 to $2,000 on #Tuesday, a motion which gained an immediate objection from #Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell. #When #McConnell asked for a vote on overriding #President #Donald #Trump’s veto on the 2021 #National #Defense #Authorization #Act (NDAA), #Sanders voiced his objection. #Sanders’s filibuster could potentially keep the #Senate in session until #January 1, taking up parts of the #Senate’s scheduled holiday recess. #On #Tuesday, #Brown indicated that he would join #Sanders in making sure the vote on the direct payments occurred.

“I will join #Senator #Sanders,” #Brown told MSNBC’s #Mehdi #Hasan on #Tuesday. “I mean, I’m in #Cleveland right now. I will be arriving in #Washington by car tomorrow a little after noon and I will join #Senator #Sanders. I will be on the floor, make sure this comes to a vote.”

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#Newsweek reached out to #Sanders’s office for comment.

#Democratic #Massachusetts #Senator #Ed #Markey is also expected to take part in #Sanders’s filibuster. “#We should have a vote,” #Markey said in floor remarks on #Tuesday. “#It should be yes or no and we should do this before the end of this year.”

#Ohio #Senator #Sherrod #Brown said #Tuesday he would join #Vermont #Senator #Bernie #Sanders in an attempt to force a #Senate vote concerning direct payments of $2,000 to eligible #Americans.
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#Trump supports providing $2,000 direct payments, however, legislation he signed on #Sunday only provided for $600. The president said he would send the bill back to #Congress with certain items “red-lined” that he urged lawmakers to amend. #Meanwhile, #Trump vetoed the 2021 NDAA which detailed all U.S. defense-related spending.

“#Unfortunately,” #Trump wrote in a #December letter to the #House, “the #Act fails to include critical security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my #Administration to put #America first in our national security and foreign policy actions.”

The #House voted to override #Trump’s veto of the NDAA on #Monday by a vote of 322 to 87. #McConnell attempted to have the #Senate vote on overriding the presidential veto when #Sanders voiced his objection.

#With the NDAA vote in limbo and the vote on the $2,000 direct payments blocked by #McConnell, #Sanders tweeted #Tuesday that he and #Markey were ready to keep senators in #Washington until a vote on the stimulus checks is conducted.

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“#Today @SenMarkey and I demanded a vote on $2,000 for working people,” #Sanders tweeted #Tuesday. “#It’s simple—no vote, no new year’s break for #Senators.”

#McConnell proposed legislation on #Tuesday that would allow for stimulus checks to be boosted to $2,000. #However, #McConnell connected the direct payments to requests made by #Trump that #Democrats have denounced. #McConnell’s bill includes a repeal of #Section 230, part of the #Communications #Decency #Act which protects social media platforms from liability for content posted by third parties.

#McConnell’s proposal also requires the formation of a bipartisan “advisory committee” to “study the integrity and administration of the general election for #Federal office held in #November 2020.” #Trump has repeatedly claimed that widespread election fraud caused his loss to #President-elect #Joe #Biden, and has filed lawsuits in swing states in an attempt to overturn the election results. #Those legal attempts have largely failed and many have described #Trump’s allegations as unsubstantiated.





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