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US pressure to unblock Trump checks


#Washington— #An attempt by #President #Donald #Trump to win congressional endorsement to award $ 2,000 #Covid-19 relief checks – larger than the $ 600 just approved for millions of #Americans – stalled in the #Senate after that the majority leader in the upper house, #Mitch #McConnell, blocked a quick vote proposed by the #Democrats.

#Republicans were divided within their own ranks on whether they should raise spending or challenge the outgoing president’s #White #House, who on this issue won the support of his #Democratic rivals.

The hurdle put up by #McConnell #Tuesday may not hold for long as political and social pressure mounts. #Trump wants the #Republican-led upper house to follow the lead of the #House of #Representatives and raise the amount of checks for millions of #Americans.

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A growing number of #Republicans, including two senators in #Georgia’s #Jan. 5 runoff elections, have said they will support raising the amount, but most #Republican senators oppose higher spending, even if it means defy #Trump.

#Senators will take another look at the matter today as #McConnell looks for a way out of the political bind, but the outcome is highly uncertain.

“#One question remains today: #Are the #Senate #Republicans joining the rest of the #United #States in supporting $ 2,000 checks?” #Senate #Democratic #Leader #Chuck #Schumer asked as he motioned to vote.



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https://diario.mx/estados-unidos/presion-en-eu-para-desbloquear-los-cheques-de-trump-20201230-1746491.html

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