Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Senate will address President Trump’s request to increase stimulus checks sent to Americans to $2,000 but did not commit to pushing the issue — as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer each urged the body to put the House bill on $2,000 stimulus checks up for a quick vote.
McConnell, R-Ky., speaking on the Senate floor acknowledged that Trump “would like further direct financial support for American households.” McConnell at the same time mentioned that Trump wants Congress wants to address Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides protections for companies that host third-party content on their platforms — like Facebook and Twitter — and that Trump wants Congress to look into election security.
“Those are the three important subjects the president has linked together,” McConnell said. “This week the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus.”
Notably, McConnell did not promise action on the $2,000 stimulus checks.
He also objected to attempts by Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sanders, I-Vt., to quickly bring the stimulus checks up for a vote in the Senate. Sanders did the same on McConnell’s attempt to quickly override Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.
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