New bill with $2,000 stimulus checks introduced but will it get passed?

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday introduced a bill to increase the $600 stimulus checks to $2,000 and also included two other priorities for President Trump.

The bill would also repeal section 230 which is a controversial liability protection for online platforms and it would create a committee on Election Assistance Commission to study election integrity. 

McConnell is the senator who killed the bill that would’ve required unanimous consent for the stimulus check increase to $2,000.

We knew that there would still be a way for this stimulus check proposal to get voted on and apparently this is the route that he chose to take.

The problem with this bill is that it lumps stimulus checks in with other controversial measures that Democrats likely will not get on board with.

So while this bill could gain enough GOP support to pass the Senate, it may not be able to pass the House.

For that reason, a lot of people speculate that this is purely a political play that will allow members of the GOP to say that they voted in favor of $2,000 checks when in actuality they know the measure will not get passed.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called McConnell’s proposal a “cynical gambit.”

What is even more confusing is that stimulus checks are reportedly already being processed and going out.

So if a bill increasing them to $2,000 were to take place, there would be some sort of logistical headache where tons of people will receive $600 and we just have to hope that the system holds up and delivers an additional $1,400 at a later date.

It seems less than ideal.

There still is no guarantee that this bill will receive votes so we still don’t even know for sure if there is a chance for it to pass.

Right now, a major subject of debate is Trump’s decision to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

This legislation passed with a lot of support in both the House and the Senate so lawmakers may be able to override his veto.

Some lawmakers like Bernie Sanders have delayed McConnell’s efforts to override this veto in an attempt to get stimulus checks voted on.

But McConnell still has the ability to push ahead and end the debate on the veto override this weekend.

So based on what I have seen so far, I don’t think a bill is being presented with a straight up and down vote on stimulus checks yet.

Instead, the checks are being lumped in with other measures that will likely not getting enough support from both sides of the aisle.

In other words, it looks like typical politics.

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