Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday spoke out in favor of asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to vote on the $ 2,000 coronavirus stimulus checks.
Gingrich asks McConnell to plan the vote
Gingrich told Fox News that it is absolutely critical that the $ 2,000 stimulus checks be brought up as a standalone vote ahead of the Georgia runoff on Jan. 5. These elections will determine which party will have control of the Senate for the next two years.
Sens. David Perdue (R-GA.) And Kelly Loeffler (R-GA.), Who will compete against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, have both expressed their support for the stimulus checks.
"I would ask him to take a $ 2,000 payment as a stand-alone independent vote and have people like Sen. Loeffler and Perdue come back to vote for it," Gingrich said. "Take it off the table because honestly Warnock and Ossoff could be for the $ 2,000 unit and attack Mitch McConnell for the next six days and I think winning the race is very difficult at this point . "
"Long-term control of the US Senate is in Georgia," added Gingrich. “Both Georgia senators approved President Trump's proposed $ 2,000 payment, and Mitch should bring it up with a clean vote. I'm really very concerned that if he plays a smart parliamentary game it might look good in the Senate, but it could cost us two Senate seats and control of the Senate. "
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Gingrich Voices support for stimulus checks
This came after we reported that Gingrich had expressed his support for giving out stimulus checks because he believes they will be vital in supporting the middle class during this crisis.
"It's like World War II," said Gingrich when he appeared on Fox & Friends. "We have a disaster in this country that has been made dramatically worse by Democratic governors in places like California, Illinois, New York who have crushed small businesses and killed the restaurant industry."
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"You know, the big losers were middle-class Americans," he added. "The big winners were the very wealthy and government employees who were paid not to do work, including millions of teachers' union members who did no work but … got billions of dollars in total for sitting around."
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"So, I think if you're your average everyday person, look at all of this clutter and you think the government clearly hasn't done its job, especially the Democratic-run state governments, and $ 2,000 is going to help me. I think that's what's going on, ”Gingrich continued. “(T) This is not about deficit spending. This train has been gone a long time. We are in the middle of a disaster. I think the average American deserves help. "
This piece was written by James Samson on December 30th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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