Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has consistently opposed direct checks to individuals, saying it creates a disincentive for people to get back to work.
In a shrewd play for $2,000 stimulus checks, Sanders is leveraging a Pentagon bill to try to secure aid for millions of struggle Americans
GOP Senator Ron Johnson previously blocked two efforts to pass a round of $1,200 stimulus checks.
"The American people are desperate," the Vermont senator said, "and the Senate has got to do its job before leaving town."
"Congress should quickly pass legislation to increase direct payments to Americans to $2,000," Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio said on Monday.
"Congress will vote on additional stimulus checks," said Senator Lindsey Graham.
"We do need to get $2,000 out to every working-class individual in this country," the Vermont senator said.
House Republicans have blocked the Democrats' effort to raise the stimulus checks to $2,000 in line with the president's demand.
A photo of the Vermont senator getting vaccinated has inspired people on Twitter to joke that Sanders is actually a really big Titus Andronicus fan.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley is among the lawmakers who have said the direct payments agreed by Congress are not high enough.
The Vermont senator has said he will call for more relief when Joe Biden enters the White House and the Senate is back in session next month.
Senator Ron Johnson "wasn't so worried about the deficit when he voted to give $1 trillion in tax breaks to the 1% and large corporations," the Vermont senator tweeted.
Ron Johnson said Friday "I want to help people" but COVID relief efforts need to be "more targeted."
Senator Josh Hawley tweeted on Thursday that direct payments to Americans would be the COVID-19 "relief working families need."
"I think that is misguided and I don't think it's candidly very progressive," Senator Mark Warner said about the progressive's demands for a second round of stimulus checks.
After progressives and some Republicans demanded $1,200 payments in a new relief bill, bipartisan negotiators put forward a provision to provide half that amount.
The Vermont senator said the proposals were "much too small" amid rising poverty and debt.
After publishing her Twitter poll, Ocasio-Cortez told her followers, "If you don't want your [congressional] member to vote for a $600 deal, you really need to tell them that."
"This is what Democrats & Republicans did in March through the CARES Act. It's what we must do today," Sanders tweeted on Tuesday.
If Congress doesn't pass legislation with stimulus checks, Senator Josh Hawley will demand a vote on his standalone bill for direct payments.
Rapper and activist Killer Mike invited Bernie Sanders to a live Q&A on Instagram to discuss the Democrats' plans for the Senate agenda.
"We cannot go home until there [are] strong unemployment benefits plus $1,200 per adult, $500 per kid for every working person and family in this country," said the senator from Vermont.
Senator Bernie Sanders and five progressive Democrats in the upper chamber have also demanded that another round of checks be included in the next deal.
Despite millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet amid the pandemic, Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders and a conservative group of lawmakers briefly flirted with the notion of forcing a short shutdown this weekend to push their own legislative priorities.
The senators seek approval of their resolution by Friday so it can get a vote next week before congresspeople head home for winter break.
Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate, talked about the Democrats' rejection of the $1.8 trillion package during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on December 7.
The Vermont senator told Axios progressives deserve more top-level posts in the Biden administration.
The lawmakers in the Senate Democratic Caucus said the leading stimulus proposal "does not go anywhere near far enough."
"Direct checks are an excellent way to get money into the hands of people who desperately need it," Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Monday.
"We don't want to be dependent on the government," said Fox Business host Charles Payne during a Monday panel interview.