Americans are sending Mitch McConnell requests for money after he continues to block stimulus check increase

Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu
Friday 01 January 2021 14:27
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The Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is being sent requests for $2,000 on payment platforms by members of the public after effectively blocking the Covid stimulus check.

The Republican senator from Kentucky said the chamber would not be “bullied" into a vote on the legislation following a two-thirds majority approval in the House of Representatives and recent demands from president Donald Trump to increase coronavirus relief for most Americans from $600 to $2,000.

McConnell refused to bring the bill to the GOP-dominated Senate floor, dismissing additional relief as a "firehose of borrowed money”, and blocked another request to do so by Senator Chuck Schumer.

He claimed the measure has “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate”.

More than 20 million Americans are relying on unemployment aid amid the economic fallout from Covid-19 and the national death toll has passed 345,000.

US citizens have now begun to directly request the money from McConnell themselves using platforms such as Venmo and PayPal.

They have also taken to social media to encourage others to get in on the action as well.

Some used a hashtag which plays on a Rihanna song to share the call-out. 

But one user was close to accidentally sending the money to McConnell instead of a request to receive it.  

More: What exactly is happening with the $600 stimulus checks?

 

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