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Yesterday, President Trump voiced his displeasure with the new stimulus proposal and expressed that he wanted to see bigger stimulus checks go out valued at $2,000.
Democrats quickly pounced on this opportunity to try to renegotiate terms of the stimulus proposal and now they will be bringing forward a bill that would provide $2,000 for stimulus checks.
This bill will be voted on tomorrow and the Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will try to pass the bill by unanimous consent.
What does that mean practically speaking?
This means that only one Republican opposing the proposal needs to be present in order to block the bill from passing.
This is an interesting move.
Going the unanimous consent route will require Republicans to go on record for their opposition to the increased stimulus payments.
Not a lot of Republicans will want to be the person who denies the country larger stimulus checks.
And perhaps even more importantly, there is an extremely important runoff election in Georgia that is about to happen and this decision could have consequences that affect that election outcome.
If voters in Georgia get turned off by Republicans not pushing for bigger stimulus checks, the election could turn towards Democrats.
Reportedly, Republican lawmakers like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy do not believe that Pelosi will be able to obtain an unanimous consent vote.
So it appears likely that we will hear opposition from some Republicans tomorrow.
If that happens, the question is what will Trump do?
If he vetoes Congress can override the veto but they might be gone for Christmas to do that in a timely fashion.
Some of the key stimulus benefits like unemployment programs are set to expire the day after Christmas and could affect roughly 12,000,000 Americans.
So there will be some consequences to delaying a decision regarding the stimulus package.
However, I would assume that lawmakers would be able to quickly remedy the situation once they are able to override a possible veto.
But who knows — tomorrow will be a very interesting day.
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