GOP Senate Leader Introduces His Own Bill On $2,000 Stimulus Checks — With Two Poison Pills
After blocking a move by Democrats to deliver $2,000 to millions of Americans struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday introduced his own bill but included two poison pills Democrats are sure to hate. The Kentucky Republican’s legislation calls for the repeal of Section 230, which grants liability protection to social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, and creates the Election Assistance Commission, a congressional committee to investigate the integrity of U.S. elections. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called McConnell’s proposal a “cynical gambit.” The Senate is expected to take up the bill on Wednesday. On Monday, in a 275-134 vote with 44 Republicans voting in favor, the House passed a bill to provide $2,000 to Americans.