Georgia Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both fighting for reelection in a Jan. 5 runoff, are voicing support for the Trump-backed larger stimulus checks.
While a plan passed by the Democrat-led House of Representatives to send larger stimulus checks to Americans fell short in the GOP-controlled Senate Tuesday, more Republicans are voicing support for the measure.
Democrats have long been pushing for larger checks but Republican lawmakers have insisted they will cost too much. Then Republican President Donald Trump backed $2,000 checks, prompting more from his party to get on board.
“The House bill is the only way, the only way, to deliver these stimulus checks,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., insisted on the Senate floor Tuesday as he opened an unusual mid-holiday session, saying the $600 checks included in the most recent COVID-19 relief bill are not enough and calling on the upper chamber to immediately pass the House bill.
“There are only a few days left in this session,” he continued.
“The only thing that can stop $2,000 payments is 52 Senate Republicans,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., added.
They did stop it Tuesday, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said he wants the Senate to stay focused on overriding the president’s veto of the national defense spending bill.
“We’ll continue our momentum in rebuilding and modernizing our armed forces,” McConnell said.
For now, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is moving forward with plans to distribute the $600 checks, which could be out by next week. If the Senate does OK the larger payments, families would receive another check for $1,400.