Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump ‘more determined than ever’ to increase stimulus payments, repeal Section 230

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wrote in a tweet on Christmas night that President Donald Trump is “more determined than ever” to get $2,000 stimulus payments to the American people and to repeal Section 230 liability protections given to Big Tech platforms, The Hill reported.

“After spending some time with President @realDonald Trump today, I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection,” Graham tweeted.

“Both are reasonable demands, and I hope Congress is listening,” Graham commented on the thread. “The biggest winner would be the American people.”

Republicans divided

Despite Graham’s support for Trump’s call for $2,000 stimulus payment, the Senate as a whole does not seem willing to accept Trump’s demand to increase the $900 billion stimulus package Congress finally passed after six months of negotiations.

Trump had apparently signaled support for the bill before its passage, but then sent it back to Congress demanding bigger payments and for foreign aid and pet projects to be taken out of the bill, according to The Hill.

If the president doesn’t sign the legislation before Congress adjourns next week, it will amount to a pocket veto because Congress will not reconvene until the new term begins and the legislation will die.

On Christmas Eve, the House rejected changing the relief bill to include $2,000 direct payments, and House Republicans urged Trump to sign the original bill.

Government shutdown

The fate of the bill is even bigger than just providing coronavirus relief to individuals, businesses, and others impacted by the virus. Congress tied the relief bill to its $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill for 2021.

The government could shutdown if Trump doesn’t sign the $2.3 trillion bill. To prevent this, Congress may reconvene next week and pass another stopgap bill to continue funding the government until Jan. 20 when Democratic nominee Joe Biden will most likely be inaugurated and Trump will leave office.

There was some speculation that Trump’s opposition may have been punishment for Republicans who are refusing to support the president’s legal challenges to the presidential election results.

Some have called on Trump to concede to Biden, but he is holding out hope that election challenges may overturn the results and give him a second term.

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