Lead Story: Stimulus Hostage
The House of Representatives voted to approve $2,000 per person in Covid relief on Monday. This is in addition to the $600 that is already coming because the President signed the $900 billion relief package over the weekend.
The President also supports the extra $2,000 but his party does not. Now it goes to the Senate where it does not have enthusiastic support. It is not even clear if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will even put it up for a vote.
Republicans who have expressed opposition to it cite budgetary concerns and hold the opinion that the money would be better spent on businesses rather than directly on struggling families.
Senator Bernie Sanders is threatening to filibuster the massive defense bill if the Senate does not hold a vote for the $2,000 payment. If he does this, he could keep the chamber in session over the weekend, keeping the two Georgia Senators who are facing a runoff for their seats in Washington and away from their crucial campaign schedules.