Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Wednesday that the $2,000 checks President Donald Trump wants for Americans have “no realistic path” to passing in his chamber — at least not on their own.
According to Breitbart, McConnell told reporters that a standalone bill out of the House that would increase the amount Americans receive as direct payments as part of the latest federal coronavirus package from $600 to $2,000 has “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.”
The Kentucky Republican reportedly thinks that the $2,000 checks need to be bundled with other key issues, including Big Tech reform and investigations into claims of voter fraud, before the Senate brings the matter to the floor.
“Democrats are afraid”
Indeed, it seems Americans hoping to get a substantial relief check this new year will have to wait at least a little longer, no thanks to McConnell.
“Here’s the deal,” the majority leader said Wednesday, according to Breitbart, “the Senate is not going to split apart the three issues that President Trump linked together just because Democrats are afraid to address two of them.”
McConnell went on: “The Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of Democrats’ rich friends who don’t need the help.”
As The New York Times notes, McConnell’s position on increased stimulus checks hasn’t exactly earned him praise from the president; instead, Trump has castigated the Kentucky Republican and others in the party for holding out, saying plainly that “$600 is not enough.”
Still, Trump has indicated that he wants Congress to revisit Section 230 and dig deeper into allegations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Democrats and their nominee, Joe Biden, as McConnell alluded.
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
McConnell’s dangerous game
At the end of the day, Trump is in the right here: Mitch McConnell is playing a dangerous game by holding back increased checks to Americans, especially considering that we’re just days away from the Georgia runoff elections that will determine control of the U.S. Senate.
The $2,000 checks could have provided some relief to Georgians and others who are struggling under government-mandated lockdowns brought on by COVID-19. Millions have lost their jobs in recent months, and thousands of businesses have gone under as a result of shutdowns, according to reports. And while a few thousand dollars ultimately won’t make a huge difference, for many, it may buy them an extra couple of months.
Now is definitely not the time to be playing the Democrats’ game of holding needed relief hostage in return for legislative victories. Americans need their money, and Mitch McConnell needs to evaluate the optics before moving forward. While Dems may frequently catch a break thanks to the mainstream media, conservatives simply don’t have the luxury of messing this up.