"The Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of Democrats rich friends who don't need the help," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor on Wednesday.
"Let me just make it clear for the Majority Leader that 10 out of the poorest 25 counties in the United States of America are located in Kentucky," Sanders said. "So maybe my colleague, the Majority Leader, might want to get on the phone and start talking to working families in Kentucky."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled the likely death of discussions over providing Americans with another $2,000 coronavirus relief check, telling colleagues he sees "no realistic path" to ending an impasse over the proposal backed by President Donald Trump before the end of the year.
"Well let's be hopeful that it can happen this week because the sooner it happens, the sooner the checks go out," Pelosi said Wednesday. "So we're not giving up on it."
While the two Republican senators running in the Georgia runoffs have backed President Donald Trump's push for $2,000 stimulus checks, these six GOP lawmakers have opposed increasing direct payments in the year-end coronavirus relief bill.
The president-elect has said he is looking forward to working with the Kentucky Republican, though the long-serving senator has again shown a willingness to block measures he is averse to.
The Vermont independent said other issues should be looked at separately, with the boost to payments moved as a priority.
The Senate majority leader is drawing ire from lawmakers as many seek to boost direct relief payments.
"I will be on the floor," Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown said Tuesday, "make sure this comes to a vote."
On Tuesday, McConnell introduced his own proposal for $2,000 checks that would repeal Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act and establish a commission to study voter fraud,
"Senator [Mitch] McConnell knows how to make $2,000 survival checks reality and he knows how to kill them," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday.
"Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are turning their backs. Enough! Let the Senate vote on $2,000 checks!" Sanders tweeted on Tuesday.
Just hours after blocking Senate Democrats' efforts to vote on a House bill for $2,000 direct payments, McConnell released his own surprise legislation which includes repealing Section 230 and funding for a commission on election fraud.
Rob Reiner, Sarah Cooper and more aren't happy with the Senate majority leader, who blocked a proposal by Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders to unanimously pass the emergency funding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has consistently opposed direct checks to individuals, saying it creates a disincentive for people to get back to work.
Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) both tried to get consent for the Senate to consider legislation to boost direct payments for qualifying Americans to $2,000, but McConnell rejected both proposals.
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GOP Senator Ron Johnson previously blocked two efforts to pass a round of $1,200 stimulus checks.
The Senate majority leader is facing a push to facilitate direct payments being boosted from $600 to $2,000, with the House having passed a measure backing such a move.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would move to quickly pass the legislation on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
"The American people are desperate," the Vermont senator said, "and the Senate has got to do its job before leaving town."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber to "not stand in the way" of the move to increase stimulus checks to $2,000.
The congressional battle over $2,000 stimulus checks is a sign of the struggles that may be ahead for a Biden Administration.
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In a series of tweets Saturday, the president attacked a variety of people and departments for not backing his voter fraud claims.
Tuberville previously said that he would challenge the results of the 2020 election when Congress meets to confirm the vote on January 6.
The president traveled to Florida after threatening to tank a $900 billion stimulus package, risking a federal government shutdown and denying aid to millions of Americans during the pandemic.
President Donald Trump singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's victory in December, in his Thursday tweet.
"This president is holding up much needed help to them during some of the darkest days of American history," Representative Andy King said.