Imagine, if you will, that Mitch McConnell had said this ten days ago. Would Chuck Schumer have been in position to set the Senate agenda today? Donald Trump’s thirteenth-hour attempt to recast the Phase 4 COVID-19 relief bill might have had more to do with his personal animosities, but he also understood the politics of relief/stimulus spending better than his allies in the Senate Republican caucus.
Had McConnell just allowed HR9051 to get a floor vote, perhaps it might have been enough for David Perdue to win his runoff against Jon Ossoff. Alas, we’ll never know … but we’ll get a floor vote on the stimulus expansion anyway, as could be easily predicted:
Democrats vowed Wednesday to rush $2,000 checks to Americans as quickly as possible, as they clinched unified control of Washington with Senate wins in Georgia.
The move would make good on promises President-elect Joe Biden made to Georgia voters in the final days of the runoff race, which ended Tuesday with Democrat Raphael Warnock beating Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Jon Ossoff unseating incumbent Republican David Perdue whose term lapsed Sunday.
Those Democratic victories flipped control of the Senate to the Democrats, giving them a monopoly on power in the nation’s capital for the first time since President Barack Obama’s first term.
“One of the first things that I want to do when our new senators are seated is deliver the $2,000 checks to the American families,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) — who will become majority leader — told reporters Wednesday.