GOP lawmaker vetoes up-or-down vote on $1,200 stimulus check proposal
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) turned down a vote on a standalone stimulus review bill introduced last week by the unexpected duo of Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Hawley attempted to put the proposal for an up-and-down vote in a second round of $ 1,200 economic reviews Friday as Democratic and Republican leaders attempt to get a bigger stimulus deal that would include smaller direct payments of around $ 600 to $ 700 Includes dollars per person.
"What we did in March that every Senator voted for, $ 1,200 for each working person, $ 2,400 for working couples, $ 500 for children and loved ones," Hawley said from the Senate on Friday. “It's the least we can do. It should be the first thing to do. "
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Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) argues with Michigan Democratic Senator Gary Peters (not pictured) during a hearing to support allegations of voter irregularities in the 2020 election Investigate Dirksen's Senate building December 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. USA (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool / Getty Images)
Johnson rejected the vote. Under Senate rules, a senator who objects to Hawley's motion, which requires unanimous approval, is sufficient to prevent the vote.
The Wisconsin Senator cited growing deficit concerns and criticized the Hawley and Sander bill for repeating stimulus checks under the CARES bill that were sent out when the job market was in worse shape. Since then, millions of jobs have recovered.
"Everything we consider for this additional package [...] should be far more targeted," said Johnson from the Senate on Friday. “We pledge the future of our children. I think we have to be very careful if we keep pawning it if we don't do it deliberately. "
Under the CARES bill, around 160 million Americans received over $ 270 billion in stimulus payments from the $ 2.2 trillion aid package passed in March.
Sanders and Hawley introduced the Direct Family and Workers Direct Payments Act to propose a second round of payments that is similar to the first in terms of size and eligibility criteria. These payments were up to $ 1,200 per person - plus $ 500 for each dependent child.
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), stimulus checks are one of the "main pillars" of the negotiated deal. According to Senator John Thune (R-SD), this time around, they'll be between $ 600 and $ 700, plus possibly the same amount per addict.
"Not the end of this fight"
MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has previously called for payments greater than the proposed $ 600-700 and urged constituents to comment if they are not satisfied with the current proposal.
"If you don't want your member to vote for a $ 600 deal, you really have to tell him," Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet on Wednesday. "If there is an under-amount or some other red line that you want them to vote NO on, you need to let them know."
Both the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) and the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (PEUC) expire on December 26, unless Congress reaches a business cycle agreement.
Hawley signaled that Sanders could try to put the proposal to the vote later that day.
"This is not the end of this fight," said Hawley. “Senator Sanders will be back in a few hours to ask about the same action again. I was proud to work with him. "
If lawmakers fail to pass economic stimulus bills through both houses of Congress by the end of Friday, they would have to pass a stopgap to keep the government open.
Without a deal, up to 12 million Americans would lose unemployment benefits when two programs passed under the CARES bill expire on December 26th. The federal eviction moratorium, paid sick leave, aid to state and local governments, and other facilities will also expire at the end of the year.
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