The U.S. Senate continues debate on $2000 coronavirus relief checks at 12pm ET on Dec.31, 2020.
Senate prepares to vote on possible veto override of defense bill and $2,000 stimulus checks.
Senate expected to hold vote on President Trump’s veto of defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasts Senator Bernie Sanders, explains opposition to $2000 checks. “Our colleague from Vermont is dead wrong on this… Borrowing from our grandkids to do socialism for rich people is a terrible way to get help to families who actually need it.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the House-passed bill authorizing the $2,000 checks had “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.”
Instead, McConnell said he will bundle the $2,000 checks into a broader bill that would include repealing Section 230 for curbs on technology companies and studying the 2020 election irregularities, nodding to complaints raised by Trump about his loss.
Democrats said such a package had no chance of passing and accused McConnell of deliberately seeking to kill the stimulus payments.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and McConnell blocked the House measure on Wednesday, the second day in a row it’s faced setbacks. McConnell blocked the same legislation twice on Tuesday, when Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) tried to pass it and when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attempted to set up a vote.