by rafael on Dec 31 2020

-- by Tony Romm and Karoum Demirjian, The Washington Post:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to deliver a political death blow to a last-minute push to authorize $2,000 stimulus checks for most Americans, arguing he would not be “bullied” into action despite pressure from President Trump, congressional Democrats and even some Republicans for the more generous payments.

With only days left on the legislative calendar — and significant business still pending on the Senate floor — McConnell said Wednesday that the chamber would not vote on a House-passed stimulus bill, a move that threatened to render it impossible for lawmakers to broker a compromise before the end of the year.

The GOP leader’s stance threatened to carry broad political repercussions, coming only a day after Trump said it would be a “death wish” for Republicans if they did not boost stimulus payments beyond the $600 lawmakers authorized as part of a broader, $900 billion relief package signed into law earlier this week.

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