Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acted on Tuesday to block the Senate from moving on a piece of legislation that would have sent stimulus checks to the American people. He tied the release of funds to Donald Trump’s election overturn efforts, and to Trump’s attack on social media companies.
According to the Washington Post, though the Democrat-controlled House was able to pass legislation that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2000, and numerous Republican Senators said they’d support the bill, McConnell wasn’t letting that happen. He said that Trump had named three priorities, including these larger checks, and that the payout would have to be linked to progress on those other two items: fighting to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election, and attacking social media companies for placing disclaimers when the president tweets misinformation.
“This week the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus,” McConnell said.
Donald Trump has, in fact, demanded all three of these things, calling for a repeal of Section 230 — the piece of U.S. law that defines certain sites, including social media as “not a publisher,” and establishes liability.
No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of—
(A)any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected;
In plainer English, social media sites have the right to limit certain content from being posted on their platforms — Trump has objected to this since it began being applied to his posts.
Of course, his demands to overturn the election are infamous and ongoing.
Tying the taxpayer stimulus checks to both of these personal vendettas for the president could essentially be interpreted as an indefinite pause or permanent moratorium.
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