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Pelosi presses McConnell to allow vote on bill for $2,000 stimulus checks


#Speaker #Nancy #Pelosi#Nancy #PelosiWill #Pelosi bail out the GOP on election controversy 2020 was the year of pain, misery and GOP indifference #McConnell blocks vote on K checks, signals new package MORE (D-Calif.) on #Wednesday pressed #Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell#Addison (#Mitch) #Mitchell #McConnellGOP senator says he’ll block consent for ,000 stimulus checks #Intercept’s DC bureau chief: #McConnell was ‘quite fine’ with #Trump losing reelection #Trump targets congressional #Republicans on multiple fronts MORE (R-Ky.) to allow the upper chamber to vote on a #House-passed bill that would send stimulus checks of up to $2,000 to most #Americans.

“The #Democrats and #Republicans in the #House have passed that legislation. #Who is holding up that distribution to the #American people? #Mitch #McConnell and the #Senate #Republicans,” she said at a press conference.

#Democrats are seeking to raise pressure on the #Senate GOP to vote on the $2,000 checks, which are backed by #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pompeo calls for release of #Chinese journalist jailed over coronavirus coverage #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say MORE.

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The #House approved the increase in a bipartisan vote, but the #Senate GOP is divided on the issue.

#McConnell has floated the idea of tying the $2,000 checks to two other demands from #Trump – an investigation of the presidential election and a repeal of a law shielding tech companies from certain lawsuits – but doing so would likely kill the bill given #Democratic opposition on those issues.

The battle over the checks could have repercussions in the #Georgia #Senate runoff elections on #Tuesday that will determine which party holds the #Senate majority.

#Democrats see the issue as a political winner and have sought to turn the screws on #McConnell given the GOP division.

“In blocking it, they are in denial of the hardship that the #American people are experiencing right now, health wise, financially, in every way,” #Pelosi said #Wednesday.

“Their lives and livelihood in many cases are on the brink. #So they’re in denial of that need in denying this benefit. I do hope that in the days ahead, we only have a few days left in this session, that they will see the light and understand the suffering that is going on in our country.”

#McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to #Pelosi’s remarks.

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#Democrats have sought to squeeze #Republicans in both chambers after #President #Trump last week blindsided lawmakers by panning the recent coronavirus relief package, which was passed by both chambers of #Congress and included $600 stimulus checks, and demanding #Congress send him legislation to give #Americans making $75,000 and under a check for $2,000 instead.

#Pelosi and #House #Democrats seized on the remarks, noting that the party had been pushing for months for boosted stimulus payments, and looked to make the checks a top wedge issue within the GOP.

The #House #Monday passed a bill to increase the amount of the checks in a 275-134 vote, with support from 44 #Republicans.

#McConnell shot blocked the bill #Tuesday and announced his intention to combine legislation boosting the checks with efforts to repeal #Section 230, a 1996 law granting social media platforms protections from lawsuits over third party content on their sites, and form a commission to look into claims of voter fraud and irregularities in the #November elections.

#Several #Republicans, including #Sens. #Marco #Rubio#Marco #Antonio #RubioPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw GOP #Georgia senators throw support behind ,000 stimulus checks #Schumer to try to pass K stimulus checks bill #Tuesday MORE (#Fla.) and #Josh #Hawley#Joshua (#Josh) #David #HawleyPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw GOP #Georgia senators throw support behind ,000 stimulus checks #Five GOP senators to watch in next month’s #Electoral #College fight MORE (#Mo.) have supported the legislation, giving #Democrats a chance to hit #McConnell over blocking a bill that some of his own members back.

#Georgia #Sens. #Kelly #Loeffler#Kelly #LoefflerPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw 2.3 million people have voted in #Georgia’s #Senate runoffs with week to go #Intercept’s DC bureau chief: #McConnell was ‘quite fine’ with #Trump losing reelection MORE (R) and #David #Perdue#David #PerduePush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw 2.3 million people have voted in #Georgia’s #Senate runoffs with week to go #Intercept’s DC bureau chief: #McConnell was ‘quite fine’ with #Trump losing reelection MORE (R) have also come out in support of the $2,000 checks, which have become a top issue in the two #Senate runoffs as they campaign to hold onto their seats.

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#Still, the majority leader was backed by a number of other #Republicans who had expressed alarm at the cost of more than tripling the checks, including #Sen. #Pat #Toomey#Patrick (#Pat) #Joseph #ToomeyGovernment used #Patriot #Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 #Appeals court rules NSA’s bulk phone data collection illegal #Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.), a vocal budget hawk.

“Congress should continue helping workers who’ve lost their jobs. #But blindly borrowing more than $600 billion so we can send $2,000 checks to millions of people who haven’t lost any income is terrible policy. I won’t consent to a vote on that,” #Toomey said #Tuesday evening.

#Updated at 11:58 a.m.





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