Today Bernie plans to filibuster the war budget.
He wants the Senate to vote on adding the $2000 to the Covid relief bill before voting on Pentagon relief.
Not $2000 a month, by the way. That’s what many countries in Europe are doing during the pandemic.
We’re just fighting for a $2000 one time payment.
Bernie doesn’t really think the Republican Senate will pass it. Just as he doesn’t think he can stop the bloated war budget. But he wants a vote.
“McConnell and the Senate want to expedite the override vote and I understand that. But I’m not going to allow that to happen unless there is a vote, no matter how long that takes, on the $2,000 direct payment,” he told Politico on Monday night.
Sanders’ filibuster would not ultimately block the defense bill, but it could delay a vote until New Year’s Day, disrupting senators’ holiday weekend plans and keeping Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Washington instead of campaigning in Georgia for next week’s runoff election.
Sources close to Sanders told Politico that it would also make the stimulus payments a front-and-center campaign issue in Georgia; neither Loeffler nor Perdue have explicitly supported the $2,000 payments.
Wouldn’t it be great if McConnell blocking a vote on the 2K were to hand the Georgia elections and control of the Senate to the Democrats?
I love Bernie.