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Lindsey Graham Ditches Mitch, Pushes for $2,000 Stimulus Checks

McConnell is losing allies left and right on this one.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may very well be one of the most hated men in the nation right now, and it’s easy to see why.

His objection to raising the direct payments of COVID relief from $600 to $2,000 during the last few days has been hugely unpopular, not only with the Democrats who often dislike anything that McConnell does anyway, but with the President and a vast number of Republican lawmaker.

The move was so egregious that even South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham took to pushing back again McConnell.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to break with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after the majority leader dismissed $2,000 checks to American families as “socialism for rich people,” with the South Carolina Republican contending it is “necessary in the times in which we live” and calling for a standalone vote.

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“With all due respect to my Republican colleagues, a $2k direct payment for individuals and families who are struggling is not socialism. In my view it is necessary in the times in which we live,” Graham said on Friday, noting that direct payments “may not be most efficient way to help people in need but, given the situation we face are extremely necessary.”

“Going from $600 to $2,000 doesn’t make you a socialist,” Graham continued, urging President Trump to continue to fight for the American people and insisting on a “standalone vote” […]

McConnell’s reluctance couldn’t have come at a worse time, as families around the nation are stretched thin after the holiday season, and with a national moratorium on evictions having now expired.

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