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Stimulus checks have been a bit of a wild card for this latest stimulus proposal.
Early on, there was a lot of talk about including them and even talk about increasing their amount and frequency to monthly recurring checks of $2,000.
Then there was talk about removing the stimulus checks from the package altogether only for them to come back into the discussion and appear in the latest proposal at a reduced amount of $600 per person.
Throughout the entire negotiation process, President Trump has been pretty vocal about his support for large stimulus checks.
He repeatedly made remarks that he wanted them to be bigger and explicitly mentioned $2,000 checks on multiple occasions.
And now that the stimulus bill is coming down to his signature he is making a push for $2,000 stimulus checks.
But could this push really result in bigger checks?
It appears that there is still a chance.
Last night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that they would bring the issue of increased stimulus checks to the floor by unanimous consent.
Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!
Other Democrats also chimed in to support increasing the stimulus checks.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted:
We spent months trying to secure $2000 checks but Republicans blocked it Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open and we’re glad to pass more aid Americans need Maybe Trump can finally make himself useful and get Republicans not to block it again
This puts Republicans like Mitch McConnell in a pretty awkward position.
Republican advisers had already requested for Trump to silence his support of larger stimulus checks because it would supposedly torpedo negotiations.
There may have been some truth to that but I truly believe that the main reason they did not want Trump supporting larger checks is because it could cause a rift within the Republican Party.
Now that negotiations on all of the other items are finalized, and the amount of the stimulus checks can be isolated apart from those, there is a much stronger argument that increasing these checks will not have an effect on the negotiations.
So it will just come down to how bad will not accepting larger stimulus checks make McConnell/Republicans look?
McConnell has been an adamant opponent of large stimulus checks for a long time and had a lot of Republican backing on that position. So if he were to give in now he would probably lose support from some key Republicans.
But if he refuses to go along with the request from President Trump then he has to answer to the American people.
And specifically, voters in Georgia who are heading to the polls in a couple of weeks for the extremely important runoff for Senate control.
So it will be interesting to see how he responds.
Keep in mind that while Trump has not signed this bill and if he were to veto the bill, Congress could still force it through by overriding his veto.
So this could be one final twist in the stimulus bill saga and if it were to happen I think it would be for the greater benefit of most Americans since many will only benefit so much from a $600 check.
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