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The head of the US Senate blocked the vote for the extension to USD 2,000 of direct aid checks


#Republican #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell (#Reuters)

The leader of the #Senate #Majority of the #United #States, #Republican #Mitch #McConnell, delivered this #Wednesday what will probably be a definitive blow to the proposal to increase aid against the coronavirus to #Americans, refusing to schedule a quick vote in the #Senate on a bill to increase aid checks from $ 600 to $ 2,000.

#McConnell told the #Senate that a bill passed by the #Democratic-controlled #House of #Representatives, which sought to meet the demands of his #Republican colleague #Trump for larger checks, “does not present a realistic path to fast-track passage in the #Senate”.

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The maximum leader of the pro-government legislators, who controls the #Senate agenda and opposes the increase in aid, instead introduced another bill that combines $ 2,000 checks with provisions unacceptable to #Democrats, which could block it. The call “poison pill“#Are provisions such as the modification of” section 230 “, which protects digital platforms against the content that is uploaded to them, and an investigation into the alleged irregularities of the elections, accusations that until now have no solid evidence.

#With a new #Congress taking office on #Sunday, this action will almost certainly end an attempt to increase the amount above the $ 600 that #Congress has already approved.

Democratic leaders have failed to get a vote on the bill approved in the House of Representatives (Reuters)
#Democratic leaders have failed to get a vote on the bill approved in the #House of #Representatives (#Reuters)

#In what appeared to be a disregard for #Trump’s initiative, #McConnell continued: “The #Senate is not going to be intimidated into rushing to approve more borrowed money for the hands of rich friends of the #Democrats who don’t need the help.” The project puts a limit so that the money is only distributed among those who earn less than USD 75 thousand per year.

#Democrats have insisted the checks go to people who desperately need help in the face of a health crisis that has killed nearly 340,000 people in the #United #States, but #McConnell complained they are not guided by criteria of necessity. “#What we’re seeing right now is #Leader #McConnell’s attempt to wipe out the checks – the $ 2,000 checks that many #American families desperately need,” said #Chuck #Schumer, leader of the #Democratic #Minority.

“Let the people vote. #Mitch #McConnell has the ability to do that. (…) #He’s just not willing to do it and the american people are going to get hurt“#Democratic #Senator #Gary #Peters told CNN television.

Joe Biden plans to return to Georgia in the next few days for the final stretch of the campaign for two Senate seats (Reuters)
#Joe #Biden plans to return to #Georgia in the next few days for the final stretch of the campaign for two #Senate seats (#Reuters)
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The discussion comes less than a week before the key vote in #Georgia, for two seats in the #Senate and that it will finish defining who will control the #Upper #House in 2021: currently, #Republicans have 50 seats, two more than the opposition, but in the event of a tie it would favor #Democrats because the defining vote would be that of the future vice president, #Kamala #Harris .

#In turn, the senator #Bernie #Sanders will try to force the #Senate to vote on the aid expansion bill, in a maneuver that would not only force the sessions to be extended, but would also cause #Republican candidates in #Georgia seeking reelection to stay in #Washington and not be able to campaign in person until almost voting day.

#Under the bill that #McConnell plans to present, #Republican candidates will be able to say that they are voting in favor of the expansion of aid, while #Democrats will argue that this blockade is a consequence of the #Senate having a majority controlled by the conservatives.

#Trump had increased pressure on his fellow #Republicans to back an increase in checks for #Americans in a series of tweets published in recent days. “2,000 DOLLARS ASAP!” wrote #Trump on #Twitter #Wednesday morning.

#On #Tuesday, the outgoing president attacked #Republican leaders calling them “pathetic” and accused the party of suicide if he did not support increasing aid or removing legal protections for social media companies.

#This is a final confrontation, along with the annulment of #Trump’s veto on a defense initiative, which will mark the last days of the president and will deepen the divisions within the #Republican #Party between the new wing of populists in the style of the president and the base. with conservative views on public spending.

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(#With information from #Reuters and AFP)

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