McConnell introduces $2,000 aid checks bill tied to social media immunity and election fraud
WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a new bill to give Americans a boost in COVID-19 relief checks. This came after McConnell earlier in the day put off a vote on President Donald Trump’s request to increase the checks to $2,000 and urged the Senate to override his veto of a defense bill.
s part of McConnell’s bill, Section 230 — the social media immunity law — would be repealed and a commission on election fraud would be created. The stimulus checks would be increased to $2,000 from the current $600.
“It will not pass the House and cannot become law,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, referring to the Democratic-majority House of Representatives.
McConnell’s office was not immediately available for comment to Reuters.
The Senate convened Tuesday for a rare year-end session after Democrats pushed for a vote to back Trump’s call for an increase in direct payments for Americans struggling during the pandemic.
McConnell Tuesday blocked Democrats’ push to immediately bring Trump’s demand for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks up for a vote, saying the chamber would “begin a process” to address the issue.
“This week the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus,” he said. At the time, McConnell did not elaborate on what action, if any, the Senate would take on stimulus checks.
The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives already approved a measure increasing direct payments to $2,000 in a 275-134 vote on Monday.
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