Tuesday, December 29, 2020

How Tennessee’s Congressional delegation voted on $2,000 stimulus checks

by Rod Williams -  I am pleased all of Tennessee's Republican congressmen voted against the $2000 stimulus check, except for Phil Row who abstained.  Tennessee's two Democrat congressmen, Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. Jim Cooper, voted for it.  The measure passed the House by a vote of 275 to 134, To read what individual members of Congress said on the issue follow this link

In the Senate, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked a request for unanimous consent for the CASH Act from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Unanimous consent enables a bill to pass without a recorded vote. President Trump is pushing the $2,000 direct payments,  All Democrat Senator are supporting the bill. (link

It is weird that a Republican President is pushing this spendthrift bill favored by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. One would normally expect a Republican president to be more fiscally responsible than Democrat legislators. I think this is an indication that either Trump has lost touch with reality or he is so focused on his wounded ego from losing the election that he is burning the house down on his way out the door. It will only require 12 Republicans to vote with the Democrats for the bill to pass.  I hope Republicans stay true to their principles and vote against this bill. 

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