President Donald Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to fast-track a standalone bill that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.
McConnell angered Senate Democrats by blocking an attempt by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to fast-track the bill to the Senate floor for a vote on Tuesday.
“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 on Tuesday.
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! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough! https://t.co/GMotstu7OI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2020
On Monday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders threatened to block McConnell’s attempt to override Trump’s veto of the defense bill unless the Senate holds “an up or down vote to provide the working people of our country a $2,000 direct payment.”