Sen. Bernie Sanders has a plan to force a vote on the House-approved increase in virus relief payments from $600 to $2,000.

If Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to have a vote, he says he’ll delay a speedy override vote on the defense spending bill, which the House has already overriden. This could scrap holiday getaway plans for the Senate.


What’s to fear about a roll call, senators? With Donald Trump and the pandemic-impoverished people of America? Or not?

Sanders said he views the larger stimulus checks as key for Americans battered by a worsening pandemic.

“The House has passed a $2,000 direct payment for working people. It is time for the Senate to act,” he said.

UPDATE: Moscow Mitch has decreed:


UPDATE II: McConnell says this is a beginning of a “process.” Some pressure is building among Republican senators, including two in runoffs in Georgia, to approve the bigger aid payment.