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McConnell Blocks Unanimous Consent Request to Increase Stimulus Checks to $2,000

McConnell Blocks Unanimous Consent Request to Increase Stimulus Checks to $2,000

by John Clore

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blocked the bill that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.

“I object,” McConnell said on the Senate floor in Washington.

He blocked a request for unanimous consent for the CASH Act from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Unanimous consent enables a bill to pass without a recorded vote. But the procedure opens legislation up for an objection by a single senator.

Schumer had called on Republicans to support the act, saying, “$600 is not enough.”

“The fastest way to get money into Americans’ pockets is to send some of their tax dollars right back from where they came,” Schumer added. “$2,000 stimulus checks could mean the difference between American families having groceries for a few extra weeks or going hungry; the difference between paying the rent or being kicked out of your home that you have lived in for years. It could buy precious time for tens of millions of people as the vaccine thankfully makes its way across the country.”

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Before objecting, McConnell had briefly touched on the push to increase stimulus checks, noting that President Donald Trump, when signing the government funding package and the COVID-19 relief package on Sunday, asked Congress for “more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child.”

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