McConnell shoots down $2,000 stimulus checks

Talks are starting to heat up with respect to the $2,000 stimulus checks as time begins to run out on the current Congress session.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continued to block the passage of increasing stimulus checks and slammed the proposal as “socialism for rich people.”

“Socialism for rich people is a terrible way to help the American families that are actually struggling,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday.

“Let me say that again. Borrowing from our grandkids to do socialism for rich people is a terrible way to get help to families who actually need it.”

Currently, McConnell is pushing a bill that contains increased stimulus checks but it also contains two extremely contentious issues including repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and establishing a commission to study voter fraud.

This is basically McConnell’s way of getting out of having to face the stimulus question by lumping together measures that he knows will not pass as a whole.

Of course, he is framing it much differently.

“The Senate is not going to split apart the three issues that President Trump linked together just because Democrats are afraid to address two of them,” McConnell said.

“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.” 

But most people — especially lawmakers on the opposing side — see right through the move.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer bashed McConnell stating, “this maneuver to combine all three issues is intended to kill the possibility of $2,000 checks ever becoming law.”

But he also said that Democrats would allow for votes of the liability shield issue and election fraud commission if the GOP agreed to hold a separate up and down vote on $2,000 checks.

Personally, I don’t think McConnell is agreeing to an up and down vote on the checks because of how it would put pressure on Republicans to act.

If they voted against increasing the stimulus checks, it could hurt their election chances and upcoming elections not to mention the potentially huge implications of the upcoming Georgia runoff in January.

If they voted in favor of the stimulus checks then they would be going against everything they have stood for over the last few months with restricted spending being a huge goal.

So I truly believe that if we don’t see a vote on the stimulus checks it is going to be purely a reason of politics being played.

And that is extremely unfortunate considering that most Americans do not believe the stimulus checks will be enough.

Furthermore, all Democrats are asking for is a vote.

“Just give us a vote on the House-passed bill, and we can vote on whatever right-wing conspiracy theory you like”

“Let’s be very clear: There is one way, and only one way, to pass $2,000 checks before the end of the year. And that’s to pass the House bill. It’s the only way to get the American people the checks they need and deserve.” Schumer said.

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