Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked an immediate vote on a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives to increase stimulus checks to $2000 per eligible person, saying instead the Senate should “begin a process” to consider it and other measures requested by President Trump. These include investigation into election fraud and a “repeal of a tech liability shield” for companies such as Facebook and YouTube.
The Left criticizes McConnell’s decision as an intentional delay and argues that his choice to “link all of Mr. Trump’s demands” into one bill is meant to sabotage the stimulus check increase. The New York Times‘ Catie Edmonds noted that it is highly unlikely that the Democrat-controlled House will approve Trump’s requests: “Democrats are…likely to resist anything that could be seen as trying to undermine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.” An article from the Washington Post wrote that McConnell’s move was an “attempt to poison the bipartisan effort to deliver larger checks.” “I don’t know what he has in mind, but the House passed, to their credit, a simple, straightforward bill. Let’s not muddy the waters: Are you for $2,000 or are you not?” asked Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who blocked a House vote on a defense bill until McConnell agrees to separate the stimulus check measure from the other two issues.
“Senate Democrats strongly support $2,000 checks. Even President Trump supports $2,000 checks. There’s one question left today: Do Senate Republicans join with the rest of America in supporting $2,000 checks?”Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader
The Right is split in their opinion. Some Republican Senators, including Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Josh Hawley, and Sen. Kelly Loefller, supported the increase to $2000, but the vast majority of Republicans stood opposed to it. It argued by many Republicans that the move would tack an “estimated $463 billion” onto to the already astronomically high U.S. debt and that “the best way to help struggling families is to get them back to work.” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) noted, “What we know is that much of this extra $1,400 will go to pay down credit-card debt, or savings, or make new purchases online at Walmart, Best Buy or Amazon. We can do better to help people get back to work and truly help this recovery.”
“Let’s get this straight: The small shopkeeper who’s lost their entire savings because of the lockdowns will get the same $2,000 grant as the government bureaucrat who’s been enjoying a steady paycheck at home for the past 10 months. This money is wholly inadequate for those who have been harmed by the lockdowns and wholly unnecessary for those who have not.”Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)