Trump Signs COVID-19 Relief Bill, House to Vote on $2k payments

It's time for Congress to "Give Us Something to Believe In". $600.00 is not enough. $2,000.00 will help so many people.

Now that Trump signed the COVID-Relief bill, the House will vote on whether to give each of us $2,000.00 instead of $600.00 per month. Sen. Schumer today said the bill has enough support to pass the House, but the Senate, which balked before, is uncertain.

The House is in recess right now but is expected to resume later today (5-6 pm ET) to take up the increased stimulus payment and then the overide of the veto of the Defense Authorization Act. The 4,518 page Conference Report on the bill is available here. You can watch live and see the results here.<

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    Under no circumstances (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Dec 30, 2020 at 03:33:16 PM EST
    will republicans be bullied into helping people.  Principals matter.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that a proposal from Democrats to approve $2,000 stimulus checks "no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate," the Washington Post reports.

    McConnell said Republicans would not be "bullied" into passing the bill quickly despite intensifying pressure from Democrats and President Trump.

    I also like (none / 0) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Dec 30, 2020 at 03:34:26 PM EST
    that he doesn't say it wouldn't pass.

    Newt Gingrich (none / 0) (#32)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Dec 30, 2020 at 04:57:37 PM EST
    said that Loeffler and Perdue should be begging McConnell to pass that clean 2K bill. I am sure even McConnell's bill with the poison pills in it wouldn't pass.

    Thanks, now run along. (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 03:04:37 PM EST
    President Trump said he will send Congress a list of items in the coronavirus relief and spending bills that he would like rescinded, Bloomberg reports.

    Democrats immediately responded that they will ignore his request

    They should rescind the "Christmas tree" (none / 0) (#2)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 03:08:43 PM EST
    special tax treatment provisions. And probably more.

    Just passed in the House (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 05:01:02 PM EST
    With 2/3s.

    You would think (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 05:04:46 PM EST
    with Republican votes, this would make it difficult for Mitch to refuse a vote.

    Newsweek (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 05:10:38 PM EST
    The vote of 275-134, which mustered the required two-thirds majority by just three votes, came one day after Trump signed into law a $900 billion stimulus package Sunday night following days of delay, nearly resulting in a government shutdown due to the $1.4 trillion in federal spending that was paired with the measure.



    Per your link, (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by MO Blue on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 05:20:30 PM EST
    44 Republicans voted for the increase. The rest are on record of denying much needed funds for people suffering from the recession caused by the pandemic.

    If you are a Republican, you are d@mned if you do and d@mned if you don't. Gotta love it.


    Bernie! (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 06:50:22 PM EST
    "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will filibuster an override of President Trump's defense bill veto unless the Senate holds a vote on providing $2,000 direct payments to Americans," Politico reports.

    "McConnell and the Senate want to expedite the override vote and I understand that. But I'm not going to allow that to happen unless there is a vote, no matter how long that takes, on the $2,000 direct payment,"

    Forgot the link (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 06:53:15 PM EST
    Bernie (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 11:21:42 AM EST
    Is doing it.

    Go Bernie.


    Are you sure the $2000 stimulus payments (none / 0) (#9)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 09:10:58 PM EST
    garnered 2/3 of the vote in the House? Are you confusing that vote with the vote to override the NDAA veto, perhaps?

    I (none / 0) (#10)
    by FlJoe on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 09:20:00 PM EST
    heard that Pelosi had to bring it to the floor with some procedural rule that required 2/3 majority.

    A 2/3 vote to bring something to the floor (none / 0) (#11)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 10:16:00 PM EST
    is not the same as a 2/3 vote to approve the proposal on the merits.

    Clarification (none / 0) (#12)
    by MO Blue on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 11:05:55 PM EST
    The House passed the stimulus-checks bill 275 to 134, exceeding the two-thirds majority required under fast-track procedures.


    Those weak and cowardly republicans (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 08:56:21 AM EST

    Donald J. Trump
    Weak and tired Republican "leadership" will allow the bad Defense Bill to pass. Say goodbye to VITAL Section 230 termination, your National Monuments, Forts (names!) and Treasures (inserted by Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren), 5G, and our great soldiers....

    Donald J. Trump
    ....being removed and brought home from foreign lands who do NOTHING for us. A disgraceful act of cowardice and total submission by weak people to Big Tech. Negotiate a better Bill, or get better leaders, NOW! Senate should not approve NDAA until fixed!!!

    Do you know to what those numbers refer (none / 0) (#16)
    by leap on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 09:59:29 AM EST
    in Orange Anus' tweets?

    Must be code to his Resistance!


    Twitter numbers (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 10:21:39 AM EST
    Referring to things like "likes" and "retweets"

    oh jeez, of course (none / 0) (#18)
    by leap on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 10:34:15 AM EST
    Totally in narcissist character. There will be such global relief when he finally exits this mortal coil.

    They are always part of a tweet (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 10:40:35 AM EST
    I was more interested in his odd suggestion the NDAA would somehow, I don't know, I guess promote 5G.

    Might itself promote a rethinking of what he is "briefed" on in the next three weeks.  One can hope.


    Cracks (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 09:00:03 AM EST
    Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday voiced support for $2,000 stimulus checks, diverging from some of his Republican Senate colleagues.


    Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) told Fox News that she'll support boosting stimulus checks to $2,000 per person if it comes to the Senate floor because President Trump supports it.

    Even if it opportunistic posturing (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 09:09:07 AM EST
    It's good


    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will try to pass the House bill by unanimous consent Tuesday but Republicans are expected to object. Many GOP senators have previously resisted higher stimulus checks.

    Unless there's cooperation from all 100 senators, it would take several days to set up a roll call vote on the proposal and it would need to garner 60 votes. That's a steep path toward approval -- and it's all occurring during what should be a holiday break for Congress.

    But even if Democrats cannot secure higher payments for the public, Trump has handed them an opportunity to seize a politically popular stance and divide the GOP in the process. Just 44 House Republicans voted for the larger checks, with 130 opposed.

    Perdue too (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 11:01:37 AM EST
    That makes 5
    Fascist Barbie
    Little Marco

    Unless I miss my guess, (none / 0) (#22)
    by MO Blue on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 12:38:30 PM EST
    there will not be a vote on a stand alone increase. Any bill that McConnell allows on the floor for a vote will be loaded with enough poison pills that it will not garner Dem votes.

    Could be wrong (none / 0) (#23)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 12:42:39 PM EST
    But I thought I heard in the earlier comments that it had to be considered without changes or amendments.

    The Dems are pushing (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by MO Blue on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 04:49:11 PM EST
    for the Senate to vote on the House bill. McConnell indicated that rather than vote on that bill he was going to submit his own. The bill he will propose will have several poison pills.

    I think Bernie said that (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 12:52:45 PM EST
    in his objection speech.  Maybe not.

    Tweet! (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 29, 2020 at 01:14:32 PM EST

    Donald J. Trump
    Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 - Don't let Big Tech steal our Country, and don't let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough!
    Quote Tweet

    The Washington Post
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    McConnell blocks Senate Democrats' initial attempt to approve $2,000 stimulus checks amid growing pressure on GOP leader to act https://washingtonpost.com/powerpost/stimulus-checks-senate/2020/12/29/344fa850-49d9-11eb-839a-cf4ba 7b7c48c_story.html...

    Third vaccine for UK (none / 0) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Dec 30, 2020 at 07:57:57 AM EST
    U.K. Approves New Vaccine

    December 30, 2020 at 8:52 am EST By Taegan Goddard 0 Comments

    "The UK drugs watchdog has approved the coronavirus vaccine made by Oxford university and AstraZeneca, boosting hopes that millions more Britons can be inoculated against the disease in the coming months as a new viral variant of Covid-19 takes hold," the Financial Times reports.

    Error (none / 0) (#28)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Dec 30, 2020 at 02:16:15 PM EST
    Not to be picky, but since I dropped in...
    ...to give each of us $2,000.00 instead of $600.00 per month.

    We are not getting $600 or $2000 per month.  But if we did, I am guessing the luxury car market would have a very good year.

    If we did that, (none / 0) (#31)
    by MO Blue on Wed Dec 30, 2020 at 04:56:16 PM EST
    we would be like other 1st World countries in Europe. Definitely can't have that. Much preferable to have lines to  food banks miles long and more homeless on our streets.

    Two Totally Different Mindsets (none / 0) (#33)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Dec 31, 2020 at 12:04:13 AM EST
    Europeans are extending paychecks to people who have lost their jobs, we are sending checks to every registered taxpayer who makes under roughly a third of a million dollars.

    In Europe its OK for people with jobs to help people without them, in the US you cannot give out money to only the people that need it, that's fricken socialism or communism or anarchy or atheism or some other term Fox News throws around to scare conservatives into thinking helping people who need it is un-American.  But.. but... helping the economy is about as American as you can get.  Gots to keep that money flowing upwards, can't have the Trumps of the world not making money because of a global pandemic.

    MO Blue,are you still in MO ?  
    I am currently in Eagle Rock.


    Yes,on both fronts (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by MO Blue on Thu Dec 31, 2020 at 05:10:56 AM EST
    Your analysis is spot on.

    Yes, I'm a life long Missourian...born and raised. A city girl living in St. Louis County. I love our hills and always am glad to see them after traveling through the flat lands of Illinois and other states that are flat and boring. Eagle Rock is in a beautiful area of the state.

    I have to admit that I get increasingly ashamed of the actions and often the mindset of the state and often our country.  It seems that as a group it has lost about 100 points off the IQ scale and have let the worse of us take over. I don't like the direction our country is moving in. Over the last 4 years, I've often wished I could become an expat (move to a saner country) but my age and lack of sufficient wealth prevents that from being a real possibility.


    My husband (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Dec 31, 2020 at 05:58:44 AM EST
    and I have been looking into ex-pat retirement. It seems it is something that you have to think about before you retire.