参议院司法委员会主席 林赛·格雷厄姆（Lindsey Graham） 告诉 “狐狸 & 友人” on Thursday that he supports President Trump on increasing coronavirus stimulus checks to Americans to $ 2,000 从 $ 600 but acknowledged Senate Majority Leader 米奇·麦康奈尔 is right that “there’s no way to get a vote” by Jan. 3.
Graham added that “you could get a vote” with the new Congress.
“I think if you had a standalone vote on the $ 2,000 check it might pass,” 他说.
格雷厄姆, R.S.C., made the comments one day after McConnell, R-Ky。, accused top Democrats 南希·佩洛西 和 查克·舒默（Chuck Schumer） 的 “trying to pull a fast one,” warning in a floor speech that there was “no realistic path” to quickly approve larger stimulus checks for Americans contending with the 新冠病毒 大流行.
McConnell accused Pelosi and Schumer of attempting to “warp” 特朗普的呼吁 $ 2,000 direct payments to Americans. The majority leader said the Senate would not separate a vote on $ 2,000 stimulus checks from a bill backed by GOP leaders that includes the establishment of a commission to investigate election fraud and a repeal of 部分 230 的 Communications Decency Act of 1996, the measure which protects social media platforms from liability over third-party posts.
Trump and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have called on Congress to approve $ 2,000 direct payments, up from the $ 600 checks detailed in a $ 900 billion coronavirus stimulus package approved last week. 本周早些时候, McConnell said the Senate would “begin a process” to consider larger stimulus checks after the body blocked a measure from House Democrats that called for an immediate vote.
星期四, Graham noted that “70% of Republicans don’t want to go to $ 2,000” 因为 “they think it’s a $ 430 billion cost to the Treasury.”
“They think it’s an inefficient way of giving money to people who are hurting because a lot of people making $ 75,000 or less haven’t been out of work,” 他继续. “But I’m with the president on this.”
有 income thresholds that determine who would receive the next full round of stimulus payments, which includes individuals earning up to $ 75,000, 要么 $ 150,000 for married couples.
McConnell said Democratic leaders sought to push through a package that would vastly increase the national debt and provide money to families that are not in dire need of aid.
“I’d like a standalone vote in the new Congress on the $ 2,000 check,” 格雷厄姆说. “We have seven Republicans who’ve already said they would vote for it. We need five more. I think if we had the vote, we would get there.”
He added that he also would like “to vote on repealing Section 230.”
“The untold story is that Democrats are in the pocket of Big Tech,” 他解释.
“President Trump wants three things: a commission to investigate fraud, $ 2,000 checks and to repeal Section 230,” the South Carolina senator noted. “I’m urging Senator McConnell to give a standalone vote in the new Congress after Jan. 3 on all three measures and I would predict that if you had a standalone vote on the $ 2,000 check, it’s better than 50/50, it would pass.”
Democrats have opposed calls for a repeal of Section 230 and the establishment of an election integrity commission.
Graham also acknowledged Thursday that those who oppose increasing the stimulus checks because that would in turn add billions of dollars to the federal debt are “not wrong to be concerned about the expense.”
“They’re not wrong to be concerned by the fact that this is not the most efficient way,” 格雷厄姆说. “There are a lot of people who make $ 75,000 or less a year that work for the government that haven’t been laid off one day, but I’ve seen with my own eyes the destruction of small businesses in South Carolina.”
“I think a family of four, if they got $ 8,000 dollars, it would help our economy. I think they need the $ 8,000,” 他加了.
Graham went on to say he cannot wait until the vaccine is distributed in large numbers but added that “until then our economy is hanging by a thread in South Carolina.”
“So to my fiscal conservative friends, I understand your argument, but I think the facts on the ground throughout the country would require us to do more than 600,” 格雷厄姆说. “600 is not enough. 2,000 is about right in my opinion and I’m willing to vote.”