Sanders Uses the Words of a ‘Very Unlikely Ally’ To Call for $2,000 Stimulus Checks

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) went to the Senate floor to argue for sending Americans $2,000 stimulus checks armed with the words of an “unlikely ally” — President Donald Trump

During a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Sanders brought a poster that featured a tweet from Trump printed on it.

“We have a very unlikely ally in President Trump,” Sanders said. “Nobody here has disagreed with Trump more times than I have. And yet, here is what the leader of the Republican Party says. He says, ‘$2,000 ASAP.'”

He added, “So even on this issue, amazingly enough, the president of the United States is right.”

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On December 22, Trump threatened not to sign a roughly $900 billion COVID-19 relief package unless Congress revised it to send Americans $2,000 stimulus checks.

While Democrats applauded Trump’s demand and put forth a stand-alone bill to increase the stimulus checks in the relief package from $600 to $2,000, Republicans have been divided on the issue.

The House passed the stand-alone bill on Monday night, largely dependent on Democratic votes, as IJR reported.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked an attempt to pass that bill. Instead, he introduced his own legislation that would increase the stimulus checks, repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and review election integrity.

While Trump has been pushing for the Senate to act quickly to pass a bill to increase stimulus checks, McConnell does not appear to be too keen on the idea.

“The Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of Democrat rich friends who don’t need the help,” he said on Wednesday.

He added, “We just approved almost a trillion dollars in aid a few days ago. It struck a balance between broad support for all kinds of households. And a lot more targeted relief for those who need help the most. We’re going to stay smart. We’re going to stay focused. And we’re going to continue delivering on the needs for our nation.”

Responses

  1. I do not understand the D’s aversion to the election commission. When Trump was claiming “3-5 million illegal votes for Hillary” he appointed a commission. He even appointed the grand-poobah of voter fraud allegations, Kris Kobach. It was disbanded without identifying a single illegal voter. Homeland Security was asked to take over the investigation and they too came up empty. NO, the Trumpers did not stop believing Trump’s claim, but that is the case with 99% of his unfounded claims. Alternative facts in their alternative reality.

    If this bill comes up for a vote, 46 R’s have already expressed intentions NOT to vote for additional stimulus dollars. So after claiming that Section 230 discriminates against conservative/Trumpers, R’s are going to vote against the bill?? When the Decency in Communications Act was passed by the Senate in 1996, it did so with full support of the R’s. The 18 voting against it were all D’s.

    1. “I do not understand the D’s aversion to the election commission.” Phyllis

      It is not difficult to understand, Phyllis. I keep explaining the reason here time after time. The Party leadership and ruling elites have no idea how to plan or strategize or how to effectively wield their power. They have no idea how to use their power to win elections, either. Just look at how many elections that they lose while having the popular vote. Pathetic.

      Some people even claim that they are so corrupt that they are “paid to lose”, but I am not so sure of that myself yet. It IS complicated. The evidence does point to that, to a degree, though, so I can’t rule it out entirely.

      The Party is weak and feckless and corrupt. That is your answer.

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