McConnell Introduces New Bill For Stimulus Checks, Section 230, And Election Integrity
By Claire Hardwick
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows how to play the political game. His prowess was seen throughout the second coronavirus negotiation talks, when he refused to cave to the Democrat’s demands for a significantly large stimulus bill, and held onto key senate positions in the upper chamber. In an election year, he said that while Republicans held control in the Senate and the White House, it was up to the Democrats to compromise. Eventually the Democrats did, and they passed another stimulus bill along with the spending bill at a shocking $2.3 trillion.
But suddenly, President Trump changed his point of view, and demanded Congress increase the stimulus check from $600 to $2000. This will cost Americans another $464 billion. Republicans, since July, have argued against another stimulus check, instead saying the economy needs to reopen. Part fo the compromise was a second stimulus check, half the amount as the first one. When Trump switched positions, it put McConnell in a tough place.
With a crucial vote happening in one week in Georgia, McConnell knows that these final days are important if he wants Senator Loeffler and Senator Perdue to win their races. And just this evening, he has introduced new legislation that will both appease President Trump’s demands, as well as put the Democrat’s on guard. Shutting down the single piece legislation that increased the stimulus check amount, he put together a bill that hits all of Trump’s wishes, but is dead on arrival because of the Democrats.
McConnell’s new legislation increases the stimulus check to $2000 per family from $600, repeals Section 230 from the NDAA, and creates a special commission to look into election integrity. All three of these issues are near and dear to President Trump, and will show unity with the president. Perdue and Loeffler can now tell their voters that they support McConnell’s legislation, and want to give Americans more money in the stimulus, but it is the Democrats who are stopping it. They will also avoid Trump’s wrath if they voted against it.
Why this matters: While key Republicans know that Trump’s days are numbered, they still rely on his support from his strong base. Conservatives, however, have been staunchly opposed for months against another fat stimulus bill, and have argued that the economy will be paying for it for generations. McConnell knows that if he brought the single piece legislation straight to the Senate floor for a vote, conservatives in his caucus would vote against it. It would split the party into Trump supporters and fiscal conservatives, and also put Loeffler and Perdue in a difficult place. Instead, McConnell knows the Democrats would never support this bill, and it will fade away after Trump leaves office if McConnell holds onto his fragile majority.