Fate Of $2000 COVID Relief Checks Uncertain In Senate

President Donald Trump’s push for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks has stalled out in the Republican-led Senate. With Republican senators deeply split over new spending, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked a swift vote proposed by Democrats. The GOP leader signaled an alternative approach that links Trump’s demand for aid with restrictions the president wants on tech companies and for a new commission to review the election results. McConnell says the Senate will “begin a process” to address the issues. But the next steps are highly uncertain, and it’s quite possible no bill passes. Monday the House voted overwhelmingly to issue the larger checks, but North State Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa voted against the higher payments, making a vague statement about lowering taxes instead in order to “cut out the middleman”.