Last week President Donald Trump aligned with Democrats in the House calling for larger stimulus checks, after Congress finally came to terms on a deal that would send $600 checks immediately.
While those checks began going out on Tuesday after being signed by Trump, the larger payments were then tied to unrelated measures that President Trump has desired to see fulfilled in his remaining days at the White House.
The House passed a standalone bill to send $2,000 to most Americans who make less than $75,000 a year. However, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that they were working on a solution – even though the standalone bill failed.
That changed on Wednesday when he said that the $2,000 stimulus checks have no path forward without major concessions from Democrats.
McConnell introduced legislation to tie the checks to measures backed by Trump related to internet platforms and a future election investigation. “The Senate is not going to split apart the three issues that President Trump linked together just because Democrats are afraid to address two of them,” McConell said on Wednesday.
It’s unclear if any further action will be taken until the new administration is in office.
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