Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on Senators Mitch McConnell and Pat Toomey to support corporate tax cuts while blocking $ 2,000 stimulus checks.
Fuehrer Schumer said:
The Senate is meeting for a rare New Year's Eve session today for one reason and only one reason: the Republican leader refused to vote on legislation to provide $ 2,000 checks to the American people.
He protested twice against my requests to schedule a vote on the measure and yesterday claimed that direct stimulus checks were "poorly targeted" and deplored the idea that some of the checks were "in the hands of the Democrats' rich friends They don't need the help. "Senator Toomey said almost the same thing.
I don't remember Republican leader and Senator Toomey complaining that a $ 2 trillion overall corporate tax cut was "badly targeted" because some big corporations didn't need the help.
No – if businesses get a flat tax break, the Republican majority is fine. When average Americans get a little help from their government, it is "badly aligned".
I hope every American has heard these Republican senators' objections. I hope every American whose water, heat, or electricity is off; or had eviction notices pinned one above the other to their door; or I had to decide which meal to skip on a given day – I hope you all heard that the reason they didn't get $ 2,000 checks is because Leader McConnell believes they are in could reach the hands of the "rich friends of the Democrats".
Now let's be very clear. There is one and only one way to hand over $ 2,000 checks before the end of the year. And that's to hand over the house bill. This is the only way Americans can get the $ 2,000 checks they need and deserve. The house is gone for the meeting. Changes or additions to the house bill cannot become law. Either the Senate takes the House bill and passes it, or the struggling Americans don't get $ 2,000 checks during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
And Leader McConnell knows that. So he has said that the Senate can only vote on a bill that combines the checks with other unrelated partisan measures: repealing Section 230 and investigating the President's dishonest and false allegations of election fraud. The Republican leader claims that President Trump insists that all three issues must be addressed in one bill. But of course the President made no such request. President Trump doesn't care how the bills are wrapped in Congress.
So the Republican leader has come up with an excuse to prevent a clean vote on yes-no checks over $ 2,000 checks from happening. This maneuver to combine all three items is designed to rule out the possibility that $ 2,000 checks will ever become law.
To prove it, I want to make this offer to the Republican majority.
We stand ready to vote on the other issues mentioned by President Trump – any issues that the Republican leader says need to be addressed – as long as we vote on them separately. That way, $ 2,000 checks could become law and we could discuss any of the president's alleged concerns.
We can vote on setting up a commission to deal with the President's flatly rejected allegations of electoral fraud. We would also get the Commission to deal with voter suppression and gerrymandering. This has nothing to do with helping Americans pay their bills, but we're ready to take a look at the big picture. Just give us a vote on the law passed by the House so that we can now get help for people who are in dire need of it.
Heck, we can vote on the repeal of Section 230 as well. We can do it today. We use the exact language of Leader McConnell. But he won't agree to it because he knows his caucus wouldn't really support such an act. Unlike the President, some members of this body understand what 230 means. You understand that section 230, which certainly needs to be changed, actually allows the president to spit out his lies.
We all know that the 117th Congress needs to carefully examine the relationship between liability and reckless speech on the Internet. But if Leader McConnell wants to vote on these issues, we are there. Just give us a vote on the bill passed by parliament and we can vote on whatever right-wing conspiracy theory you want.
We can even vote to set up a special Blue Ribbon Commission to see if Georgia's Foreign Minister has a brother named Ron, if that would make our Republican friends happy.
Just don't let these conspiracy theories and presidential fantasies stop you from helping actual people. People whose livelihoods have been torn apart by this pandemic. People whose lives have been torn apart by the government's mismanagement of this pandemic. People who just need a little direct help.
Schumer called out all of McConnell's made up excuses. There's no good reason for Senate Republicans to deny Americans in dire need of $ 2,000 stimulus checks. McConnell won't allow a vote because he fears the bill will pass.
Leader Schumer hangs this betrayal of the American people around McConnell and the Senate Republicans, while Georgia voters control control of the Senate in two critical runoff elections.
It doesn't matter what Democrats are offering. Mitch McConnell will not allow a vote on $ 2,000 stimulus checks, and Republicans will bear that barrier for years to come.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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