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Senate closes the door on the $ 2,000 check


The chance of COVID-19 pandemic relief checks going up from $ 600 to $ 2,000 is more remote than ever.

The leader of the #Republican majority in the #Senate, #Mitch #McConnell, appeared to close the door on #Wednesday to the proposal to increase direct payments, saying that the #Upper #House will not vote the bill called CASH #Act because, in his opinion, the #Congress has provided enough aid for the pandemic and the money will go into the pockets of many families who do not need it.

“A few days ago we approved nearly $ 1 billion in aid,” #McConnell said on the #Senate floor, referring to the $ 900 billion package signed #Sunday night by #President #Donald #Trump.

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“#If there are specific distressed households that still need more help,” the #Senate will consider “targeted smart aids. #Not another stream of borrowed money, “he added.

#Noticias #Telemundo took to the streets of #California, the most populous state in the country, last week, where reporter #Francisco #Fajardo collected testimonies from #Hispanics who described the $ 600 check as “insufficient”, in the context of a massive loss of jobs that it still persists, almost a year after the start of the pandemic in the #United #States.

#Checks for $ 600 began being sent to the accounts of eligible taxpayers #Tuesday night, according to the #Treasury department.

#But before signing the stimulus package that included direct payments for that amount, #Trump complained that it would be insufficient and demanded to increase it to $ 2,000, a proposal that later passed in the #House of #Representatives, whose #Democratic leaders quickly passed the initiative to the #Senate for its final vote. #Trump is willing to sign it into law.

#McConnell said, however, that he would not be “intimidated” into voting on the bill, despite pressure not only from #Trump but from some prominent #Republicans in #Washington, who have also advocated for more generous payments.

“The #Senate will not be intimidated into giving more loaned money to rich friends of the #Democrats who don’t need the help,” he said.

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#For the second day in a row, #Senate #Democratic #Leader #Chuck #Schumer tried to force a vote on the bill in that chamber. “#What we’re seeing right now is #McConnell is trying to clear the checks, the $ 2,000 checks so many #American families desperately need“#Schumer said on #Capitol #Hill.

#With the second round of the #Georgia #Senate elections just days away (on #January 5), in which two #Republicans fight for their seats in the #Upper #House and it is decided which party will control it, the main leaders of that caucus warned that The #Republican #Party’s refusal to provide more aid at a time when the coronavirus is leaving more financial and health consequences than ever in the #United #States could jeopardize the election outcome.

“#Senate #Republicans they run the risk of losing two seats and control ”of the #Upper #House#Newt #Gingrich, the former congressional leader, told #Fox #News.

The two #Republican senators from #Georgia, #David #Perdue and #Kelly #Loeffler, announced #Tuesday that they support #Trump’s plan for bigger checks.

The president reiterated on #Twitter this #Wednesday his demand: “$ 2,000 ASAP” (#As #Soon #As #Possible).

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#Along with #Trump, #Republican #Senators #Josh #Hawley of #Missouri and #Marco #Rubio of #Florida have also pressured the party to act in the direction of the president.



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https://www.telemundo.com/noticias/noticias-economia/espera-que-el-cheque-de-600-suba-2000-el-lider-republicano-del-senado-dice-que-tmna3856466

##Senate #closes #door #check

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