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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks on December 31 on the Senate floor in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks on December 31 on the Senate floor in Washington, DC. Senate TV

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday blew up the House bill to increase stimulus payments to $ 2,000, which President Trump pushed along with Democratic leaders, saying it was not targeted enough.

McConnell argued that $ 2,000 checks to high-income households that do not have job losses are “socialism for rich people” … “a terrible way to help American families who are actually struggling.”

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has asked the Senate to pass the bill passed by the House to increase stimulus checks to $ 2000, but McConnell objected.

“I will once again ask permission for the Senate to allow time for a vote on the House Bill to grant $ 2,000 checks to the American people,” Schumer said.

Schumer argued that the Senate should accept the Home Account to increase stimulus checks to $ 2,000, saying: ‘There is one way and only one way to pass $ 2000 checks before the end of the year, and that is to get the Home Account to succeed … Either the Senate approves and approves the household bill, or struggling Americans will not receive $ 2,000 checks during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. ”

“The Republican leader has come up with an excuse to prevent a clean, up or down vote, yes or no vote on $ 2,000 checks,” and said McConnell’s maneuver to make direct payments to others combine unrelated cases’ is meant to kill the possibility that $ 2,000 checks will ever become legal. ”

McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation that combined three Trump priorities – extensive stimulus controls, a complete repeal of online liability protection and an investigation into alleged voter fraud – each a prerequisite for Trump’s signing of the Covid relief and spending package earlier this year. week. Trump himself has never specified that the three items should bind to each other.

But on Wednesday, McConnell said the House bill “has no realistic way to get through the Senate quickly,” and said the Democratic-led effort strayed from what Trump was actually asking for.

Where things stand: There are no votes scheduled for McConnell’s bill, or the legislation passed by the House, and GOP assistants are likely to say the 116th Congress is coming to an end without any action to increase direct payments.