Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday that he will not split apart a for vote for three demands – $2,000 stimulus direct payments, the repeal of Section 230, and the creation of an election fraud commission – made by President Donald Trump over the weekend.
“Here’s the deal: 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 stated in his Senate floor remarks. “The Senate’s not going to be bullied into rushing our more borrowed money into the hands of Democrats’ rich friends who don’t need the help.”
McConnell’s remarks come after the House of Representatives approved legislation to boost direct payments from $600 to $2,000 as part of the $2.3 trillion dollar package passed in recent days. On Tuesday McConnell blocked the House-approved bill from reaching the Senate floor, while Sen Pat Toomey (R-PA), who is not seeking re-election, block a vote on Wednesday.
McConnell on Tuesday introduced a bill with the trio of demands made by the president.
The federal government, meanwhile, has begun dispersing the $600 stimulus for most americans.
The $900 billion coronavirus relief package negotiated in Congress for months and signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the direct infusion of cash will continue to be deposited and sent through the mail into next week.