Sen. Ron Johnson blocks $1,200 relief checks

Objects to ‘shotgun approach’ to recovering from coronavirus lockdowns

WND News ServicesBy WND News Services
Published December 18, 2020 at 4:43pm

By Andrew Trunsky
Daily Caller News Foundation

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson torpedoed an effort Friday to pass a second round of stimulus checks after objecting over the size of the pending coronavirus relief bill and invoking the nation’s growing national debt.

Fellow Republican Sen. Josh Hawley led the push for direct cash payments, urging senators to sign on to his bill which provides a one-time payment of $1,200 to individuals earning less than $75,000. His bill contained identical language to the CARES Act, which authorized the $1,200 cash payments in March.

“What I’m proposing is what every senator has supported already,” Hawley said on the Senate floor. “What I’m proposing will give working folks in my state and across the country a shot… at getting back up on their feet,” he added.



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