$2,000 Stimulus Checks Cause Rift in GOP

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The controversy over $2,000 COVID-19 relief payments to Americans has carried over into the new year.

This matter is one where the Republican Party is split on the merits of issuing checks of this amount to the American people; the most recently passed stimulus bill included $600 payments, although Republicans and Democrats alike claimed this amount wasn’t enough.

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Towards the end of 2020, Republicans in the Senate voted against handing out $2,000 checks to Americans. GOP members in opposition raised issues about the national deficit and the lack of targeted direction for these payments; President Trump then responded by criticizing congressional Republicans who didn’t vote in favor of the $2,000 checks.

Now, Senate GOP members have found themselves in conflict with their colleagues who do not share their views on $2,000 stimulus relief, per Breitbart News.

“Socialism for Rich People?”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made very clear that he’s not supportive of $2,000 stimulus payments. In fact, McConnell described more than tripling the $600 relief payments as “socialism for rich people.”

Some Republicans in the Senate are now begging to differ. On Friday afternoon, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham took to Twitter, airing his grievances with McConnell’s take on $2,000 relief payments. Graham opined that such payments are “necessary” and not a form of socialism, despite the different views that other Republicans have.

To defend his position that $2,000 COVID-19 payments are “necessary,” the South Carolina senator noted that businesses are struggling to remain afloat and some hospitals are “full” due to coronavirus.

Graham then declared that “going from $600 to $2,000” doesn’t equate to socialism; he also called upon President Trump to push for a standalone vote on $2,000 payments.

Giving Help Where It’s Needed

Leader McConnell is not budging from his opposition against more than tripling the original $600 stimulus payments. Last week, the Senate Majority Leader explained that many families in middle America are teleworking and have otherwise managed to maintain their jobs.

McConnell then acknowledged that other Americans sadly had their lives “turned upside down” and are still suffering. Therefore, the Senate Majority Leader maintains that aid should be given to those in need, rather than “borrowing from our grandkids” to deliver payments to Americans who are already doing just fine.

What are your thoughts about $2,000 stimulus payments? Are they necessary or wasteful? Let us know if you agree with Lindsey Graham or Mitch McConnell in the comments section below!