Dec. 31 (UPI) — Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell once more stated “no” on Thursday to a proposal in Congress to extend stimulus funds to People to $2,000, regardless of compromise efforts by Democrats.

Senate Democrats had supplied to contemplate GOP priorities that McConnell hooked up to the problem on Tuesday, in trade for McConnell permitting a flooring vote within the chamber for a standalone invoice to boost the stimulus funds.

With McConnell refusing the proposal, which handed the Home this week and is supported by President Donald Trump, it means the Senate cannot vote on the prospect of giving struggling People extra assist cash.

Numerous Republicans have additionally opposed the concept of accelerating the quantity, however McConnell is singlehandedly stopping the invoice from even receiving an up-or-down vote.

McConnell first blocked the proposal on Tuesday, however stated he would contemplate the increase so long as the Senate additionally considers two unrelated issues — a provision to cut back authorized protections for social media platforms and one creating an election integrity fee, each of which have been battles pushed by Trump in latest weeks.

Thursday, Schumer supplied McConnell votes on each points — however the Republican chief nonetheless refused.

Schumer stated permitting the Senate to vote on the standalone CASH Act — slightly than sandbagging it with the “poison capsule” measures opposed by Democrats — is the one approach to get People “the $2,000 checks they want and deserve.”

McConnell on Thursday dismissed the proposal to provide People more cash as “socialism for the wealthy.”

Schumer answered, “Simply give us a vote on the Home-passed invoice, and we are able to vote on no matter right-wing conspiracy concept you want.”

A number of different GOP senators have supported McConnell’s place, however Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham instructed Fox Information Thursday {that a} standalone vote on the proposal “would possibly cross” within the higher chamber. If it did, the increase would then solely want Trump’s signature to take impact.

Graham stated he hopes the Senate will get one other likelihood to contemplate the rise subsequent week after the 117th Congress is seated on Sunday.

“I would like a standalone vote within the new Congress on the $2,000 test,” Graham stated. “Now we have seven Republicans who’ve already stated they’d vote for it. We’d like 5 extra. I feel if we had the vote, we might get there.”

With the continued debate within the Senate, Trump returned from his Florida resort to the White Home on Thursday, forward of schedule.

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