Saturday, December 19, 2020

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson blocks proposal to provide $1,200 coronavirus relief checks

From JSOnline:
Mary SpicuzzaAlison Dirr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on Friday blocked an attempt to pass a second round of stimulus checks, arguing that COVID-19 relief efforts need to be more focused and raising concerns about the country's debt.

Johnson, R-Wis., objected to a proposal from U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, who pushed for a bill that would provide $1,200 for individuals who make up to $75,000, $2,400 for couples and $500 for children.

Hawley tried to get consent for the plan, which would require the support of every senator, noting that his bill matched language in the CARES Act approved by Congress in spring.

Congressional leaders and the White House have been negotiating a broader, wide-ranging COVID relief plan. The push by Hawley was to act more quickly on the $1,200 checks.

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The rich always begrudge the poor a penny. . .

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