Second round of stimulus checks 'MUST be included' in next relief bill to 'help millions of struggling Americans'
STIMULUS checks failed to pass the Senate floor once again after being objected by the same senator who objected to the stimulus package earlier that day when it was originally brought to vote.
Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, once again objected to pleas from Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to send a bipartisan-supported stimulus aid to Americans.
"We cannot turn our backs on this suffering," Sanders said on the Senate floor Friday. "Not in any state in this country where people are hurting in an unprecedented way."
"It means we cannot leave Washington as senators for the holidays to go back to our families unless we address the pain and anxiety of other families throughout this country," he said before asking for the stimulus bill to be heard and passed.
"This is not a radical idea," Sanders said, while reminding both parties that he and several other senators had worked on gaining bipartisan support for the new bill. "This is an idea that is supported by President Donald Trump. It is an idea that is supported by President-elect Joe Biden."
"The American people cannot wait any longer; they need economic relief right now," Sanders said. "They need help and they need it now."
Despite the bipartisan support the $1200 checks have received in the newest iteration of a coronavirus relief package, Johnson still objected to its passing just hours after he had rejected the same measure from Republican Senator Josh Hawley.
"I'm not heartless. I want to help people," Johnson said. "I voted for the $2.2 trillion CARES Act but I am also concerned about our children's future."
"We do not have an unlimited checking account," Johnson said without offering much in response to what aid can be sent to Americans.
Sanders worked with Hawley to produce a bipartisan stimulus package that would provide direct aid to Americans as Congress worked to pass a larger stimulus package that would provide more aid to states and local counties.
"The least this body can do is to provide direct relief to every working American who needs it," Hawley said. "Let’s send a message to working families that they’re first, not last. That they’re the most important consideration, not some afterthought."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also agreed with the effort.
"The quickest way to get money into the pockets of the American people is too send some of their tax dollars right back where they came from. So let's step up the plate," Schumer said. "I support Senator Sanders's request fully and hope the Senate will consent."
Before Johnson objected to Sanders' motion to vote but after objecting to Hawley's, Sanders said he found it "comical that suddenly our Republican friends once again discover that we have a deficit."
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