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McConnell says ‘no realistic path’ for $2G stimulus checks, accuses Dems of ‘trying to pull a fast one’


#Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell said top #Democrats #Nancy #Pelosi and #Chuck #Schumer of “trying to pull a fast one,” warning in a floor speech #Wednesday that there was “no realistic path” to quickly approve larger stimulus checks for #Americans contending with the coronavirus pandemic.

#McConnell accused #Pelosi and #Schumer of attempting to “warp” #President #Trump’s call for $2,000 direct payments to #Americans. The majority leader said the #Senate would not separate a vote on $2,000 stimulus checks from a bill backed by GOP leaders that includes the establishment of a commission to investigate election fraud and a repeal of #Section 230, the measure which protects social media platforms from liability over third-party posts.

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“#As they’ve tried to do countless times in the past four years, #Speaker #Pelosi and #Leader #Schumer are trying to pull a fast one on the president and the #American people,” #McConnell said. “#First of all, they’re hoping that everyone just forgets about election integrity and #Big #Tech. They’re desperate to ignore those two parts of #President #Trump’s request.”

#President #Trump and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have called on #Congress to approve $2,000 direct payments, up from the $600 checks currently detailed in a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package approved last weekend. #Earlier this week, #McConnell said the #Senate would “begin a process” to consider larger stimulus checks after the body blocked a measure from #House #Democrats that called for an immediate vote.

#McConnell said #Democratic leaders sought to push through a package that would vastly increase the national debt and provide money to families that are not in dire need of aid.

“#Look, it’s no secret that #Republicans have a diversity of views about the wisdom of borrowing hundreds of billions more to send out more non-targeted money, including to many households that have suffered no loss of income during the crisis,” #McConnell said. “COVID-19 has not affected all households equally.”

#Pelosi, #Schumer and #Sen. #Bernie #Sanders, I-VT, have led calls among #Democrats for increased cash payments to #Americans. #Schumer said he would call for a #Senate vote on the #House bill seeking larger payments later #Wednesday night.

“#At the very least, the #Senate deserves the opportunity for an up-or-down vote on increasing the individual payments to the #American people,” the #New #York senator said.

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#McConnell’s remarks raised further doubt about the potential approval of larger payments. #Democrats have opposed calls for a repeal of #Section 230 and establishment of an election integrity commission.

The #Treasury #Department and the IRS began sending out a second wave of direct payments this week. #Officials said the payments will be “topped up as quickly as possible” if #Congress approves the release of larger checks.



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