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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel reportedly blocked the bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 from $600.
A request of unanimous consent of the CASH Act from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was blocked.
McConnell controls most of the bills brought to the floor for a specified vote, and those submitted for unanimous consent.
Schumer says that the $600 is not enough. “$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 the 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,” he said.
Unanimous consent means the bill will be enabled to pass without any votes being recorded. However, a single senator can open up legislation for objection.
This week the Senate will begin a process that brings one of the three resolutions that Trump added to the bill by stalling signing it. Congress would be leveraged to approving the $2,000 direct payments since it was stalled.
It would amend the CASH Act and the relief package if it passed the Senate and were signed by Trump.
On Monday a vote of 275-134 allowed the bill to pass.
All 48 Senate Democrats supported the bill meaning at-least 12 GOP senators would need to approve a vote. Republican Senators Marco Rubio, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley support the act.
Senator Bernie Sanders attempted to object the push which would of override to get McConnell to bring the stimulus check to a proposed vote.
The defence bill veto will be scheduled for a vote this week McConnell said. Trump reportedly vetoes the package, but the House later overrode it.