Mitch McConnell has found himself between a rock and a hard place on Tuesday.
The Senate Majority Leader has already fended off President Trump’s call to increase direct COVID-19 relief payments from $600 to $2,000 once, and the suggestion will soon be shoved right back in his face by the House of Representatives.
Thus far, the only political contingent that is both motivated to deny the increase, and has the authority to do so, are the Senate Republicans. Trump wants it. The Democrats want it. Heck, Bernie Sanders wants it so bad that he’s willing to filibuster for it.
Now, in what could be one of the first crack in the Senatorial dam, Marco Rubio wants it.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday came out in support of President Donald Trump’s call to boost the direct payments to Americans for coronavirus relief from $600 to $2,000.
Rubio said in a statement:
I agree with the President that millions of working class families are in dire need of additional relief, which is why I support $2,000 in direct payments to Americans struggling due to the pandemic. For months, Republicans tried to pass additional relief for workers, families, and small businesses — only to be rejected by Democrats at every turn. Remember, months ago Speaker Pelosi and Democrats rejected the Administration’s previous offer of $1,200 per adult and $1,000 per child. Thankfully, she’s finally stopped holding working families hostage.
Rubio would go on to lament the reality of this additional spending, but recognized that the needs of the people may far outweigh the frugality of government at this time.
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