By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: United States Senate (Information):
Washington, District of Columbia: United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 a unanimous consent vote to increase COVID-19 pandemic relief stimulus check from $600 to $2,000.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for unanimous consent vote to boost the direct payments to $2,000 per qualifying American.
“I don’t want to hear that we can’t afford it. I don’t want to hear that it would add too much to the deficit. Senate Republicans added nearly $2 trillion to the deficit to give corporations a massive tax cut,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Opposition to the increase by Republicans in the United States Senate stressed increasing government spending and adding more to the national debt.
As of Tuesday, at least five Republican senators in the United States Senate have said they support the measure that would boost those $600 stimulus checks for $2,000, including Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue, Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley, and Lindsey Graham.
The unanimous consent vote was announced, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected and the request was blocked.
Just after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke, Senator Bernie Sanders asked for unanimous consent that after the United States Senate vote to override the defense policy veto, which is expected to happen Wednesday, it take up and pass the $2,000 stimulus checks bill.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell again objected to that request.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to set up a Wednesday vote on overriding United States President Donald Trump’s veto of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, but after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell again objection, Senator Bernie Sanders objected to the National Defense Authorization Act override vote taking place Wednesday, which could keep the United States Senate in longer than leadership intended.
Members of the United States House of Representatives voted on Monday, December 28th, 2020 to boost the cash deposits to $2,000 from $600, the increase supported by United States President Donald Trump.
The final vote result on Monday from the United States House of Representatives was 275-134, which included 44 Republicans and 231 Democrats.
It’s unclear if enough Republicans in the United States Senate would support $2,000 stimulus checks.