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Sen. Bernie Sanders is continuing his pressure campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get him to bring legislation upping the value of stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 to the floor for a vote.
In a rare Fox News appearance Wednesday, Sanders (I-Vt.) explained how he was working to turn up the heat on McConnell (R-Ky.), who said Wednesday that he would not hold a vote on the $2,000 checks unless it was packaged with language repealing Section 230, which provides legal shields to social media companies, and set up an election fraud commission.
The Vermont senator began by highlighting the rare moment of political agreement between himself and President Trump on the issue of direct payments.
“He happens to be right on this issue,” the left wing lawmaker told the network.
“I think he is correct in saying that we are living in a terrible, terrible economic moment for tens of millions of working-class families. We fought very hard to get the $600 direct payment. Trump is right in saying that’s not enough. We need to go to $2,000.”
Sanders was then asked about concerns among fiscally conservative lawmakers about the deficit, something he conceded that he too worried about.
“In terms of the debt, the debt is a serious issue. And you’re right. We’re talking about a whole lot of money, but I always find it amusing that, sometimes, the very same people who voted for a trillion-and-a-half-dollar tax break for the one percent and large corporations, they didn’t have a worry about the deficit at that point,” he argued.
Sanders went on to discuss the defense authorization bill vetoed by Trump which Congress planned to override.
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