As Americans skated across thin ice towards a $2,000 check to help bring in the new year and leave 2020 behind us, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the bill and therefore ruining the unanimous vote to increase the checks.
“I object,” McConnell declared on the Senate floor, blocking a request for a unanimous consent to pass the CASH Act from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Epoch Times reports:
Unanimous consent enables a bill to pass without a recorded vote. But the procedure opens legislation up for an objection by a single senator.
Schumer had called on Republicans to support the act, saying, “$600 is not enough.”
“The fastest way to get money into Americans’ pockets is to send some of their tax dollars right back from where they came,” Schumer said. “$2,000 stimulus checks could mean the difference between American families having groceries for a few extra weeks or going hungry; the difference between paying the rent or being kicked out of your home that you have lived in for years. It could buy precious time for tens of millions of people as the vaccine thankfully makes its way across the country.”
Before objecting, McConnell had briefly touched on the push to increase stimulus checks, noting that President Donald Trump, when signing the government funding package and the COVID-19 relief package on Sunday, asked Congress for “more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child.”
The Senate this week will “begin a process” to bring the issue, one of three that Trump “has linked together,” into focus, McConnell added.
Trump had stalled on signing the bills as a way to try to leverage Congress into approving $2,000 direct payments.
The CASH Act was introduced in the House. It would amend the relief package if it passes the Senate and is signed by Trump.
The House passed the bill on Monday with a 275–134 vote.
According to Schumer, all 48 Democrats in the Senate support the bill. So if at least 12 Republican senators also supported the bill, then it would pass.
So far, we know that at least five GOP senators support the act: Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).
This is one crazy rollercoaster, folks.
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