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Graham pushes McConnell for separate vote on $2,000 checks


#On #Wednesday, after #Trump again insisted upon “$2000 ASAP!” in a tweet, #McConnell said the proposal had “no realistic path to quickly pass the #Senate” and refused to split the #White #House’s legislative wish list into separate measures. #But that was exactly what #Graham pressed the #Republican leader to do on #Thursday.

“Here’s what I’d like: I’d like a stand-alone vote in the new #Congress on the $2,000 check,” #Graham said. “We have seven #Republicans who’ve already said they would vote for it. #We need five more. I think if we had the vote, we would get there.”

The president, #Graham added, “wants three things: a commission to investigate fraud, $2,000 checks, and to repeal #Section 230. I’m urging #Senator #McConnell to give a stand-alone vote in the new #Congress after #January 3rd on all three measures.”

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#Graham is likely to get little support for the proposal even after the new #Congress convenes on #Monday. #Later #Thursday morning, #Sen. #Ron #Johnson of #Wisconsin — another top #Republican ally of the president — renounced the prospect of $2,000 payments, citing concerns about the national debt and the need for more targeted relief.

“I know it sounds good, it feels good to give away money. #Everybody loves benefits,” #Johnson told CNBC. “[But] somebody has got to be thinking about … the effect of this on our future generations.”





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