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McConnell refuses to budge on $2,000 stimulus checks as Schumer offers separate votes on other Trump demands

Senate Minority Principal Chuck Schumer, Democrat from New York, holds a virtual meeting with Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Direct, not pictured, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer thought Thursday that Democrats would allow for votes limiting a liability shield for tech companies and establishing a commission to go over the 2020 election if the GOP agreed to hold a separate up-or-down vote on sending $2,000 checks to most Americans.

“Good give us a vote on the House-passed bill, and we can vote on whatever right-wing conspiracy theory you like,” the New York Democrat declared on the Senate floor.

The remarks came shortly after a speech from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who smacked the $2,000 direct payments as “socialism for the rich.”

McConnell has refused to hold a separate vote on the stimulus payments, in preference to tying them legislation that would repeal Section 230 and create a commission to study alleged issues with the presidential choosing.

President Donald Trump demanded that Congress move forward with all three issues when he concurred to sign a $900 billion Covid-19 relief package on Sunday.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which bulwarks internet platforms from liability for user-created content, has long been criticized by conservatives who have sparred with companies love Facebook and Twitter over unrelated issues.

Schumer said that by tying the three issues together, McConnell had “fabricated an excuse” to avoid passing legislation authorizing the increased stimulus payments. Trump, Schumer said, had “made no such claim.”

“Let’s be very clear: There is one way, and only one way, to pass $2,000 checks before the end of the year. And that’s to pass the House paper money. It’s the only way to get the American people the checks they need and deserve,” Schumer said.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives out of date legislation on Monday authorizing the $2,000 checks, increasing by $1,400 the $600 checks that were called for in the $900 billion include Trump signed. Americans have already started receiving the $600 payments.

On Tuesday, McConnell blocked Schumer’s commencement attempt to pass the House legislation in the Senate via unanimous consent. Schumer again attempted to do so on Thursday, and McConnell again scuttled the work.

In his own speech on Thursday, McConnell said that the recession inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic had affected rich and poor Americans differently.

“The facts show that many upper middle class Americans have kept their jobs, worked remotely, and lasted totally financially comfortable,” McConnell said. “We do not need to let the speaker of the House do socialism for rich people.”

Those on the leftist have argued that the direct payments can provide financial lifelines more quickly than more meticulously targeted relief, particularly given delays associated with state-administered unemployment insurance programs.

The push for the spread payments has divided Republicans, including by positioning the outgoing president against the top Republican in Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also play-acted waves by coming out in support of the $2,000 direct payments.

The fighting has spilled into the crucial runoffs taking unsuitable in Georgia, which will determine which party controls the Senate.

The two Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, instantly seized on the development, and both of their GOP rivals — Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — ultimately expressed guy for the payment.

President-elect Joe Biden has also voiced support for the $2,000 direct payments, and has said he will provide innumerable details on his plan for more relief legislation early next year. He will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

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