BREAKING: Mitch McConnell just objected to Chuck Schumer’s unanimous consent request to pass the House bill on direct payments for $2,000. The request is blocked.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 29, 2020
McConnell objects again, this time to Sen. @BernieSanders attempt to get a vote on the $2000 checks.— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) December 29, 2020
MCCONNELL non-commital on $2,000 checks. Said the Senate will work this we— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) December 29, 2020
ek to bring “into focus” some of Trump’s additional priorities including the checks, sec 230 and election fraud
McConnell noted Trump “linked” these together
A harbinger, perhaps, of what’s to come
McConnell says the Senate priorities this week will be— Andrew Dymburt (@DymburtNews) December 29, 2020
1 – Increasing stimulus to $2k (despite blocking those efforts moments ago)
2- Examining repeal of Section 230
3 – Election integrity measures.
If all 3 are tied to one bill it will likely fail without Dem support.
McConnell’s easiest out is to combine $2K checks with Trump’s Section 230 and election commission demands, thus making it unpassable for Democrats. https://t.co/Ds3XhnfS3L— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) December 29, 2020
Upshot: McConnell is not yet laying out the exact path forward but intends to keep the three issues linked. This bodes ill for discrete action on $2,000 checks, but it is still possible.— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) December 29, 2020
McConnell linked three Trump priorities: Checks, Internet company protections and investigating the sanctity of elections. https://t.co/M6c9fF2QLU— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) December 29, 2020
Trafalgar shows Ossoff and Warnock taking the lead after stimulus bill week https://t.co/FAPLGniRdw— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) December 29, 2020
It is now highly unlikely the Senate will pass $2,000 stimulus checks.
“Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would consider boosting stimulus payments for most Americans but in conjunction with other demands from President Donald Trump, dimming chances for quick action on an increase.
McConnell said on the Senate floor that Trump wants to re-examine special protections for tech companies and investigate the “sanctity” of elections, as well as raising stimulus payments to $2,000.
“This week the senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus,” McConnell said. …”
McConnell is setting up a failure theater vote on $2,000 stimulus checks.
Instead of holding a stand alone vote on the House bill, the plan appears to be to hold a vote on the issue which ties it to repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and addressing Trump’s claims of voter fraud, which are poison pills designed to kill Democratic support for the bill.
Note: Ossoff and Warnock are now in the lead in the Georgia Senate races. If Mitch McConnell loses control of the Senate, you might still get $2,000.