Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey have vowed to block the protection invoice till they get a vote on the $2,000 survival checks. “That reduction handed within the Home as we speak with 44 Republicans voting for it,” Markey tweeted Monday. “Senate Republicans should do the identical and get the American folks the assistance they want.” Sanders said in a statement Monday, “Let me be clear: If Sen. McConnell doesn’t comply with an up or down vote to offer the working folks of our nation a $2,000 direct cost, Congress is not going to be going residence for New Yr’s Eve.”
McConnell hasn’t responded to the Democrats’ menace. Actually, he has mentioned nothing in any respect about Trump’s demand for the $2,000 checks over the previous few weeks. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning: “Give the folks $2000, not $600. They’ve suffered sufficient!” However it’s not clear that Trump has a lot juice, if any, with Senate Republicans now that he is signed the stimulus/spending invoice. He does not have leverage.
Who might need leverage, nonetheless, are Georgia Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as they eye the Jan. 5 runoff. McConnell ultimately and eventually engaged within the newest coronavirus reduction invoice—after eight months of refusing to behave—exactly as a result of, as he advised his convention earlier than that vote, the Georgians have been “getting hammered” within the marketing campaign on the dearth of stimulus.
So right here the timing and the logistics get difficult. McConnell will in all probability come to the ground Tuesday to ask for unanimous consent for a NDAA veto override vote Wednesday. Sanders will object except McConnell additionally schedules the $2,000 survival verify vote. McConnell may nonetheless drive the NDAA vote by invoking cloture, however he is not going to have the 60 senators out there on Tuesday to make that occur. That would drive the Senate to remain in all week to work via the procedures to get that vote performed, one thing that Loeffler and Perdue do not need to occur since they’ve only one extra week till Election Day in Georgia.
McConnell is reportedly canvassing his members on the vote. On the one hand, having the vote and having it fail would present Trump that he did not have the assist he wanted. However, Republicans killing $2,000 survival checks would look actually dangerous. It might look actually dangerous for Loeffler and Perdue particularly. Simply as possible, McConnell would attempt to do one thing like tie the $2,000 checks to one thing like a repeal of Part 230 of the Communications Act, the factor Trump has been railing about and a part of his justification for the NDAA veto.
Backside line: The Senate would possibly very nicely be voting on the NDAA veto override on New Yr’s Day. Trump’s veto will likely be overridden, no query there. It is only a matter of when.