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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blocked consideration of a House bill that would deliver $2,000 stimulus payments to most Americans — spurning a request by President Trump even as more Senate Republicans voiced support for the dramatically larger checks, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The House on Monday, passed a bill to increase stimulus checks with a bipartisan 275-to-134 vote. The proposal, called the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help (Cash) Act, aims to boost the $600 payments authorized in the massive year-end spending-and-relief package that President Trump signed Sunday by another $1,400 and expand eligibility for them.


President Trump reacted Tuesday on Twitter as pressure is growing for Senator McConnell to act on the $2,000 stimulus checks, along with another request from the Commander in Chief regarding section 230.

“Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP,” the Commander in Chief wrote.

“$600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough!” he urged.

The president’s reaction comes after he signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package Sunday, despite a remarkable video message he posted to social media last Tuesday, in which he called the bipartisan legislation a “disgrace.” However he released a statement outlining “wasteful items to be removed”, adding that he will “send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill”. Continued Below


“I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more,” President Trump said in a Sunday statement, announcing that he had signed the bill.

The president also said that he “will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed.”

“Congress has promised that Section 230, which so unfairly benefits Big Tech at the expense of the American people, will be reviewed and either be terminated or substantially reformed,” he stated

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. “Likewise, the House and Senate have agreed to focus strongly on the very substantial voter fraud which took place in the November 3 Presidential election. … Much more money is coming. I will never give up my fight for the American people!” Continued Below


President Donald Trump’s official tweet:

Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly introduced a proposal that combines increasing stimulus payments to $2,000, a repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which grants certain legal protections for big tech companies, and also a commission to study election fraud.

The commission would examine many of the concerns President Trump has raised in the wake of the November presidential election and would “make recommendations to Congress to improve the security, integrity, and administration of Federal elections,” the bill states.

McConnell said senators will vote on the defense bill Wednesday, Count On 2 reported.


President Trump’s statement on Coronavirus relief:

“Republicans must support the $2000 payments and must FIGHT the crooked presidential election. We won big!” the president also wrote on Tuesday.

(Related: Trump Calls For ‘New & Energetic’ GOP Leadership As PA Lawmakers Discover 200K Excess Votes)



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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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Son of prominent conservative leader Bozell arrested in connection with Capitol siege

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Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, is facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breech of the U.S. Capitol.

Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The official affidavit includes photos and videos that appear to show Bozell inside of the U.S. Capitol Building, including the Senate chambers.

At least one photo shows Bozell wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a logo for a Christian school at which he once coached girls basketball, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI obtained a photo of him posing with a student of a school, in Hershey, Pa.

His father founder, who founded the Media Research Center and other conservative groups, has condemned the riots, saying, “You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national capitol being breached like this. … I think it is absolutely wrong,” according to NewsBusters.

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Trump calls Limbaugh ‘legend,’ in first TV interview since Senate trial

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Former President Trump on Wednesday afternoon praised the career of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has died of cancer.

“He loved his country, and he loved his fans,” Trump said on the Fox News Channel. “He is a legend.”

The interview was Trump’s first since the conclusion of his Senate impeachment trial last week.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced her husband’s death earlier in the day on his radio show. He had been diagnosed about a year ago with Stage-IV lung cancer. He was 70.

The president also said he had a personal friendship with Limbaugh, who was an early supporter of his 2016 presidential bid and who, like Trump, thought the president won reelection in 2020.

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Trump also pointed out that Limbaugh was a provocateur in his views about conservative politics that often sparked backlash from liberals and other critics. 

Trump last year in his State of the Union address awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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