Senate to Debate $2,000 Stimulus Checks, Defense Veto

Headline Roundup December 29th, 2020

The Republican-controlled Senate will soon debate whether to increase planned COVID-19 coronavirus stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000, and whether to override President Donald Trump's veto of a $740 billion defense bill. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) attempted to advance the issue of increased stimulus checks for a vote Tuesday, but it was blocked by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). McConnell said he's planning a Senate vote on the veto override for Wednesday; it's unclear when the increased stimulus payments may be voted on.

The Democrat-led House approved the increase in direct payments to $2,000 Monday and also voted to override Trump's veto of the defense bill. Updated 12/29/20 at 1:06 p.m. ET to mention Tuesday morning's Senate activity.

From the Center
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The U.S. Senate will grapple on Tuesday with whether to increase payments to Americans reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and override President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense bill, two measures set to lapse if lawmakers fail to act before a new Congress takes office on Sunday.

Democrats, with help from Trump’s Twitter feed, are pushing for a vote on the additional money, a step they believe could give them an advantage in two Georgia runoff elections next week that will determine which party controls the Senate under...

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ANALYSIS

All eyes are on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday.

After the House overwhelmingly voted to both override President Donald Trump's veto on the National Defense Authorization Act and to pass $2,000 stimulus checks, it's Senate Republicans' turn to navigate whether they're willing to cross Trump in his final days in office.

Watch McConnell when he opens the Senate floor. The majority leader notably has not made any public commitments about how he plans to handle $2,000 checks despite the fact that Trump insisted he'd obtained a promise that...

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From the Right
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Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday voiced support for $2,000 stimulus checks, diverging from some of his Republican Senate colleagues.

The House on Monday passed a measure in the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that President Trump signed on Sunday night to give Americans making up to $75,000 direct payments of $2,000 – rather than an initial proposal of $600 – but it is unclear whether the Senate will vote to do the same.

"I agree with the [p]resident that millions of working-class families are in dire need of...

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