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Trump warns GOP of 'death wish' as McConnell blocks

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Trump warns GOP of 'death wish' as McConnell blocks Democratic effort to pass $2,000 relief payments

The move indicates the Senate GOP leader isn't clear where Republicans stand.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked two separate attempts from Democratic senators to pass a bill that would boost relief payments from $600 up to $2,000, which the House narrowly passed late Monday night with Republican support.

McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, instead indicated the Senate would work on responding to the concerns raised by President Donald Trump when he signed the $900 billion pandemic relief and government funding bill Sunday.

McConnell said the Senate "will begin a process" to bring three priorities to the table this week, which includes increasing stimulus payments to $2,000, examining a repeal of Section 230, and considering election-integrity measures -- all demands Trump has made in recent days.

"Those are the three important subjects the president has linked together. This week, the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus," McConnell said.

After McConnell spoke, Trump once again tweeted a warning, saying, "Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP."

It’s unclear at this point how McConnell plans to proceed, but if he does intend to tie those three issues Trump wanted addressed together into one bill, it’s unlikely to pass.

"If we start adding poison pills to the $2,000 payment bill, that is just another way of telling the American people that this body doesn't support $2,000 payments," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said on the floor.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday called for unanimous consent to boost the direct payments to $2,000 per qualifying American but McConnell objected and the request was blocked.

"I don't want to hear that we can't afford it. I don't want to hear that it would add too much to the deficit. Senate Republicans added nearly $2 trillion to the deficit to give corporations a massive tax cut," Schumer said.

"Leader McConnell holds the key to unlocking this dilemma," Schumer said.

Just after Schumer spoke, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., also asked for unanimous consent that after the Senate vote to override the defense policy veto, which is expected to happen Wednesday, it take up and pass the $2,000 stimulus checks bill.

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