Wednesday, after Trump once again insisted on “$ 2,000 ASAP!” in a tweet, McConnell said the proposal had “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate” and refused to separate the White House legislative wishlist into separate measures. But that’s exactly what Graham urged the Republican leader to do on Thursday.
“Here’s what I would like: I would like a stand-alone vote in the new Congress on the $ 2,000 check,” Graham said. “We have seven Republicans who have already said they will vote for. We need five more. I think if we had the vote we would get there.
The president, Graham added, “wants three things: a commission to investigate fraud, checks for $ 2,000 and the repeal of Section 230. I urge Senator McConnell to give a stand-alone vote in the new Congress after January 3 on all three measures. “
Graham will likely get little support for the proposal, even after the new Congress meets on Monday. Later Thursday morning, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin – another prominent Republican ally of the president – waived the prospect of payments of $ 2,000, citing concerns about the national debt and the need for more targeted relief.
“I know that sounds good, it feels good to donate money. Everyone loves the perks, ”Johnson told CNBC. “[But] someone has to think about… the effect of this on our future generations.