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

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — 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.

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.  After McConnell spoke, Trump 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.”

One piece of good news: the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have started rolling out those $600 checks so eligible Americans should see them soon.

Biden reiterated that the darkest days are still to come in the COVID-19 pandemic, and renewed his call for Americans to wear masks, urging President Trump to take the vaccine and encourage mask-wearing over the remaining three weeks of his term, as well.

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