On Tuesday, a growing number of Republicans backed Donald Trump’s demand for an increase in the corona virus relief allowance for U.S. citizens from $ 600 to $ 2,000, although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Democrats’ move to speed up the process.
Trump’s party is embroiled in controversy and conflict over demands for a one-time increase in checks for Americans, which passed the Democrat – controlled House of Representatives on Monday.
“$ 2000, not $ 600 for our big people!” Trump tweeted Tuesday that Republicans should approve payments “unless they have a death wish.”
The conflict over pay has created a rare situation in the last days of his administration where Trump and Democrats are pushing for a single decision. Some critics saw Trump’s move as a return to his stance as a prominent foreigner and destabilizer of the Washington establishment, and as a test of faith to strengthen his control after he left office.
His position has created an embarrassment for McCann as well, while Democrats – and Senator Bernie Sanders – see an renewed opportunity to send more aid as many Americans face the financial crisis.
In Trump’s place, more and more Republicans on Tuesday abandoned large-scale earlier opposition and sided with the president. Georgia senators Kelly Lofler and David Bertue face stiff competition for re-election next week. Lofler told the Fox News Channel: “I stood with the President 100% of the time. I’m proud to do that, and I said that now Americans need relief, and I will support it. “
Florida Senator Marco Rubio similarly said: “I agree with the president that millions of working class families need additional relief, which is why I support $ 2,000 in direct payments.” Fellow Republican Josh Howley also expressed support.
The increase in aid in the Senate will eventually require 60 votes and the support of a dozen Republicans to give Trump a victory. Georgia’s run could weigh heavily on McConnell’s thinking about whether to allow such votes to move forward.
When Trump played golf in Florida on Tuesday, minority leader Chuck Schumer made a plea from the Senate platform: “In the richest country on earth, modern bread stretches for miles on American highways. The quickest way to get money in Americans’ pockets is to return some of their tax dollars from where they came from.
“Two-thousand-dollar trigger checks can tell American families the difference between having groceries for a few extra weeks or being hungry. The difference between renting out your home where you have lived for years and being evicted. It could buy precious time for millions of people because the vaccine will go across the country with gratitude.”
Schumer asked: “Will these $ 2,000 checks against the Republican House of Representatives, the Democratic majority in the Senate, and their own party leader go out the door?”
McConnell objected, blocking the initial idea of the move, but was pressured by Democrats and members of his own party to hold a referendum this week on the upper or lower.
He suggested that the Senate, along with two others raised by Trump, begin to look into the matter – the fairness of the election and the limitations of the big tech companies – while preventing the immediate consideration of a move to increase the Govt-19 relief payments.
“This week the Senate will begin a process to focus on these three priorities,” he said. McConnell did not elaborate on what action the Senate would take, if any, on trigger tests.
U.S. stocks plunged into negative territory after McConnell rejected Senate Democrat Schumer’s request for Senate approval of increased stimulus assistance by consensus.
Earlier, Sanders McConnell, an independent senator from Vermont, threatened to block him. If the majority leader does not yield to Trump’s veto on his plan to hold a separate referendum on Wednesday to violate the $ 740 billion security bill.
“On the Senate floor this week, Mitch McConnell wants to vote against Trump’s veto on the $ 740 billion defense fund bill and then head home for the New Year,” Sanders said. “I’m going to object until the working class votes on a $ 2,000 direct bill.”
The Security Bill goes to the Senate after the House voted 322 to 87 to overrule President Trump’s veto. This is the first time the Chamber of Congress has issued such a condemnation. The 109 Republicans joined their Democratic counterparts to secure the required two-thirds majority.
This provoked further anger and criticism from Trump against his own party. He tweeted that “weak and tired Republican leadership will allow the passage of a bad security bill” and complained that the law would change the names of military bases that respect federal leaders and maintain legal protection for large technology companies.
Trump has been less involved with Congress than previous presidents and sidelined several months of negotiations over a $ 900 billion corona virus relief package, last threatening to withdraw his signature before signing last Sunday.
But the current conflicts are linked to his adjustment by overcoming his electoral defeat. He has accused McConnell and others of acknowledging that Biden was elected president, and called on Republicans to file objections to certifying the January 6 congressional decision. Some analysts have described it as a power reduction rather than attracting the attention of a man who sees media attention shifting to Fiden.
Trump tweeted: “…. Can you imagine Republicans stealing the presidential election from Democrats – all hell will explode. The Republican leadership wants only the path of minimal opposition. Our leaders (not me, of course!) Are pathetic. Only they know how to lose! ”
Trump has alienated the media owner and longtime ally Rupert Murdoch of disorderly conduct in the final weeks of his presidency. His New York Post newspaper said in an editorial this week: “If you force yourself to spend your last days in the office and threaten to burn it all down, you will remember it. Not as a revolutionary, but as a rival anarchist. ”