Mitch McConnel Blocks $2000 Stimulus Check Vote in Senate
Now, the Senate Majority leader is facing pressure from citizens and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to increase the stimulus checks to $2000 from $600 with many Republicans voting for the bill. President Donald Trump has also been vocal about increasing the direct payments to Americans.
McConnell brought the Senate back to the chamber this week to override Trump's veto of the National Defense spending bill. He has said nothing about the $2,000 stimulus check bill up for a vote.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for the Senate to vote on the defense bill veto and the $2,000 payments while "the chips fall where they may.” Schumer specifically asked for unanimous consent for the $2000 stimulus checks which McConnel rejected.
The Treasury Department stated that $600 payments will go out this week. If Congress approves the increase to $2,000, it will be added to that $600 payment. Increasing the checks to $2,000 would add an additional $463 billion to the $900 billion package already passed.