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McConnell introduces his own bill on $2,000 stimulus checks, other Trump priorities


#Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell on #Wednesday introduced his own version of a bill to increase the $600 stimulus checks from the coronavirus relief package to $2,000, but also included two other major priorities for #President #Trump.

The legislation would also repeal #Section 230, the controversial liability protection for online platforms, and create a committee on the #Election #Assistance #Commission to study election integrity.

#McConnell set the table for a bill to address these three issues in his floor remarks #Tuesday.

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“#During this process, the president highlighted three additional issues of national significance he would like to see #Congress tackle together,” #McConnell said, before listing off the president’s grievances about the amount of the stimulus payment, #Section 230 and the election.

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“#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.”

The remarks were not a firm promise that any of these issues would receive a vote or that #McConnell would push particularly hard for them. #And #McConnell’s bill itself is unlikely to gain the support of the 60 senators that would be needed to break a filibuster. #Some #Republicans, especially the handful who have already said they favor $2,000 stimulus checks, would likely back the bill, but most #Democrats probably will not vote for it due to the other issues #McConnell’s bill addresses.

#What #McConnell’s bill could do, however, is allow GOP senators who want to be able to say they voted for $2,000 stimulus checks to do so while protecting priorities of the majority of his caucus which has previously opposed the checks.

#Sen. #David #Perdue. R-Ga., one of the #Republicans who has said he supports $2,000 checks — and is also in a fierce runoff set for #Jan. 5 to hold onto his seat — said on “#Fox & #Friends” #Wednesday that he supports the #McConnell bill.

“The #Democrats themselves held this up for months and so here in the last minute, they’re complaining about the normal operation of the #Senate,” #Perdue said. “I’m an outsider of this process but I can tell you these things that #Mitch #McConnell is trying to do are in line with what the #President has said. I support what the #President is trying to do relative to #Section 230, the repeal of that and also the $2,000 stimulus checks. #We’re in full support of that.”

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#Senate #Minority #Leader #Chuck #Schumer, D-N.Y., called #McConnell’s proposal a “cynical gambit.”

#Trump, meanwhile, warned #Republicans that they should support quick delivery of stimulus checks unless they “have a death wish” in a #Tuesday tweet. #He doubled down #Wednesday morning, saying, “$2000 ASAP!”

#McConnell on #Tuesday blocked attempts by #Schumer and #Sen. #Bernie #Sanders, I-Vt., to quickly pass the #House bill on stimulus checks which cleared the lower chamber with more than two-thirds of members voting in favor of it #Monday.

#Whether either the #House bill or the #McConnell bill even receive votes will be up to #McConnell, who controls the action on the floor. The majority leader is currently prioritizing efforts to override #Trump’s veto of the #National #Defense #Authorization #Act (NDAA), which funds the military for the next year.

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#Trump objected to the fact that the bill renamed bases named after #Confederates and did not repeal #Section 230, but the legislation passed overwhelmingly in both the #House and the #Senate. The #House has already voted to override the president’s veto.

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#Sanders has delayed #McConnell’s efforts on the defense bill in an attempt to extract concessions on the stimulus checks. #But if #McConnell forges ahead as scheduled, there could be a vote to end debate on the veto override on #Friday and a final vote to override the veto on #Saturday.

The current #Congress ends on #Sunday, #Jan. 3, which means that any other action on stimulus checks must happen quickly. #At that point, lawmakers will have to completely restart the legislative process.

#Fox #News’ #Jason #Donner contributed to this report.



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