McConnell Introduces New Stimulus Bill with $2K Checks & Section 230 Repeal
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a new version of the coronavirus relief bill which aligns with the President's demand for increasing individual payments to $2,000.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a new version of the coronavirus relief bill which aligns with the President’s demand for increasing individual payments to $2,000.
The legislation put forward incorporates a measure to repeal Section 230, a law which provides controversial liability protection for online platforms. The bill also would create of an Election Assistance Commission to study election integrity.
“During this process, the president highlighted three additional issues of national significance he would like to see Congress tackle together,” McConnell stated. “This week, the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus.“
Fox News reported that Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill is a “cynical gambit.”
It is uncertain whether the bill can garner enough support required to break a filibuster likely to be presented by Democrats. Some conservatives are speculating that the sole purpose of the bill is to let GOP lawmakers ‘save face’ by giving them opportunity to vote on higher stimulus payments, but doing so on a bill that has no chance of passing.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted a curt directive saying, “$2000 ASAP!”
Just yesterday, McConnell blocked attempts to quickly pass a House bill which only focused on boosting the stimulus payments, the legislation had already received approval in lower chamber on Monday.
McConnell will ultimately decide which bill gets introduced to the Senate, although he is currently in an effort to circumnavigate Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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