The refusal of McConnell to act on Trump’s demand for a vote on $2,000 stimulus checks to most Americans showcases just how much power and control is missing now for the soon to be ex-president.
The Speaker is a strong vote counter who usually had a handle of just how much support she has and does not to keep her job as leader in the House.
Howley will play the useless foil of Trump’s last-chance attempt to overturn the will of voters from the Nov. 3 election, a final stunt of a dying presidency.
“To get a pardon, one has to be either a Republican, a convicted child murderer or a turkey. It’s not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals,” says senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa.
The angry soon to be ex-president in denial over his election loss tells Republicans to “get getter leaders.” The Senate is expected to follow the House and also override Trump’s veto of the defense policy bill.
The incoming president says he will work to improve the distribution system when he takes office. “As I long feared and warned the effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should.”
The blockage comes in a week when the House approved the increased payment and overrode Trump’s veto of a key defense policy and spending bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit on the override.
Republicans have joined Democrats in delivering the first override of one of Trump’s vetos. It was the first and probably the last before he becomes a has-been on Jan. 20.
Lots of irony here. A demand by the controversial outgoing president gets help from a Democratic controlled House to pass his demand that stimulus payments be raised from $600 to $2,000 per person and the final decision rests with the GOP-controlled Senate.
While the increase of direct payments to $2,000 per person could pass the House, it is certain to die in the Senate. An angry Congress, however, is also certain to override Trump’s veto on the defense policy bill, another rebuke for the lame-duck president.