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McConnell says bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 has ‘no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate’


#McConnell took to the #Senate floor to attack the #House-passed bill, specifically on the issue of higher-income individuals and couples that would be eligible to receive some of the payments due to how the income phase outs are structured.

The #Kentucky #Republican said the #House bill had “no realistic path to quickly pass the #Senate,” and said the #Democratic-led effort ran astray of what #President #Donald #Trump, who has repeatedly pressured #Republicans to pass the expanded stimulus checks, actually requested.

“The #Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of #Democrats’ rich friends who don’t need the help,” #McConnell said.

#Senate #Democratic #Leader #Chuck #Schumer, who has pushed for an immediate vote on the measure, slammed #McConnell’s position and pressed #Republicans to bring the bill up for a vote.

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“#At the very least, the #Senate deserves the opportunity for an up-or-down vote,” #Schumer said, adding that “there is no other game in town than the #House bill.”

#But #McConnell also made clear nothing would move forward in the chamber that doesn’t include #Trump’s other two priorities: a full repeal of online liability protections and an investigation into alleged voter fraud.

“The #Senate is not going to split apart the three issues that #President #Trump linked together,” #McConnell said on the #Senate floor.

#McConnell, on #Tuesday, introduced legislation that combined the three #Trump priorities — each a prerequisite for #Trump signing the #Covid relief and spending package earlier this week. #Trump himself has never specified that those three items should be tied together.

#But #McConnell, in his remarks #Wednesday, made clear that the introduction of his legislation met the contours of the agreement with #Trump, which stipulated only starting the process to vote on the issues.

#As it currently stands, there are no votes scheduled on #McConnell’s bill, or the #House-passed legislation, and GOP aides say it’s likely the 116th #Congress comes to an end without any action on increasing direct payments.

The #Kentucky #Republican opened up his floor remarks #Wednesday blasting #Vermont independent #Sen. #Bernie #Sanders for holding up the override vote on #Trump’s veto of the #National #Defense #Authorization #Act.

“#Today the #Senate was supposed to finish legislation securing critical tools, training and support for #America’s armed forces,” he said. “#But the junior senator from #Vermont had other ideas.”

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#McConnell added: “The #Senate will stay on this important bill until we complete it, one way or another.”

#Sanders has said he will delay the NDAA override vote unless #McConnell brings a $2,000 checks to a vote on the floor. A final vote could stretch into #Saturday if #Sanders continues to hold it up. #Eventually, though it will pass. #It’s just a matter of how long this takes.

CNN’s #Ali #Zaslav contributed to this report.



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