U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate floor as the US Senate faces a decision over approving 2,000 dollars stimulus checks and overriding the President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 29, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday blocked a push to bump stimulus checks to $2,000, leaving doubt as to when, or if, Americans will get a raise from the $600 payment approved in the spending bill. McConnell said the Senate would “begin a process” to address the checks but did not specify what that meant. 

The House voted Monday to approve President Donald Trump’s demand for $2,000 checks instead of the $600 in the spending bill, but many in the Republican-led Senate want to watch spending even as Democrats push for them. Still, other senators are pushing for the higher checks: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he won’t override Trump’s veto of the defense-spending bill without the $2,000 checks. The House, meanwhile, did override Trump’s veto by a stress-free margin after 109 Republicans joined with Democrats. Trump lashed out against the GOP on Twitter after the vote, calling the Republican leadership “weak and tired.” 

Democrats pushed McConnell for a full vote, but McConnell noted that Trump also called for more scrutiny of the 2020 election and stripping liability protections from major tech companies. McConnell said all three were important subjects, but linking those in a package would make passage of the increased payments more difficult. Trump’s demand also appeared to be affecting the runoff battle in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate, with GOP incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Leffler voicing support for the bill on Tuesday.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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McConnell blocks quick vote on Trump’s $2K checks – Fox News – 12/29/2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will address President Trump’s request to increase stimulus checks sent to Americans to $2,000, but did not commit to pushing the issue as he blocked attempts by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to put the House bill on $2,000 stimulus checks up for quick consideration. 

Direct Deposits of $600 Stimulus Checks to Begin Before New Years Day – Hill Reporter – 12/29/2020
The United States Department of the Treasury confirmed on Monday that it expects the latest round of $600 direct stimulus checks to begin hitting American’s bank accounts before New Years Day, which falls on this upcoming Friday.

$2,000 checks sputter after McConnell blocks Dems – Politico – 12/29/2020
In a floor speech, McConnell acknowledged President Donald Trump’s demand to increase payments, limit legal protections on tech companies and investigate election fraud as a condition for signing the $900 billion stimulus bill on Sunday. But he made only a vague commitment to litigating those issues in the coming days.

McConnell blocks Democrats’ request to hold vote on $2,000 stimulus checks – Axios – 12/29/2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request to hold a vote on a House standalone measure that would boost the size of stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 per person.

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