Sanders To Hold Up Senate’s Veto Override On Defense Bill To Force Vote On $2,000 Relief Checks

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers a campaign update on March 11, 2020 in Burlington, Vermont. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
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December 29, 2020 7:54 a.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced on Monday night his plan to filibuster the Senate’s vote on a bipartisan defense bill, which had been vetoed by President Donald Trump, in order to force a vote on giving Americans $2,000 relief checks amid COVID-19.

“This week on the Senate floor Mitch McConnell wants to vote to override Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill and then head home for the New Year,” Sanders tweeted. “I’m going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class.”

Trump, who had threatened to veto Congress’ sweeping COVID-19 relief package if its relief checks were not increased from $600 to $2,000 before ultimately signing the bill anyway, backed the Vermont senator.

“Give the people $2000, not $600. They have suffered enough!” Trump tweeted in response to a report on Sanders’ plan.

Democrats have pounced on the President’s push for larger payments, turning the screws on Republican senators ahead of the¬†Georgia Senate runoffs on January 5, which will determine whether the GOP will¬†keep its majority in the chamber. The House passed its legislation on $2,000 payments on Monday.

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