Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked two separate attempts from Democratic senators to set up a stand-alone vote on a bill recently passed in the House that would increase direct payments offered under the $900 billion COVID relief bill from $600 to $2,000, rebuffing President Trump request with more Senate Republicans voicing support behind providing most Americans the larger checks.
The House on Monday passed legislation tripling the size of the direct payments offered under the $900 billion COVID relief bill from $600 to $2,000 after President Trump voiced his desire for the increase, sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate with its fate remaining uncertain.
New York Democratic party chairman issued a strong warning to progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) not to launch a 2022 Democratic primary challenge against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, saying the sophomore lawmaker would “absolutely” lose if she dares goes head-to-head with the powerful New York lawmaker.
President Trump on Tuesday evening expressed disapproval on the massive $2.3 trillion combined COVID relief and government spending bill Congress just passed, blasting the “wasteful spending” package as a “disgrace,” while issuing a pre-Christmas demand for Congress to amend the bill that will include an increase of the $600 direct payment to individuals to $2000.
A Senate hearing regarding the 2020 election irregularities erupted in a fiery spar when Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) admonished Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) in falsely accusing the committee chairman earlier this year in claims the probe into President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter was spreading “Russian disinformation.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) officially acknowledged Joe Biden as the president-elect for the first time since the Nov. 3 election Tuesday, becoming the highest-ranking Republican in congratulating the Democrat just a day after the Electoral College formally made the election results official.