A group of 10 “centralist” Republican senators are seeking to negotiate with President Biden on a bipartisan deal as Democrats are forging ahead with his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan through the means of reconciliation.
Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’ Relief Package
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package he plans to ask the new Democratic-controlled Congress that includes providing $1,400 stimulus checks, along with more funding for a nationwide vaccine distribution program.
McConnell Blocks Democrats Attempt To Quickly Approve $2,000 Stimulus Checks
"Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!" Trump tweeted.
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.
House Passes $2K Stimulus 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.