McConnell rules out quick vote on House bill for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks through the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that the Senate would not move quickly to consider a bill from the House of Representatives that would raise direct coronavirus relief payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000.

McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor that the stand-alone House bill, which sought to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for bigger relief checks, “has no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.”

With a new U.S. Congress due to be sworn into office in just a few days, McConnell’s remark suggested the legislation that passed the House on Monday will simply expire.

(Corrects time element to Wednesday, not Thursday)

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