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Sen. Ron Johnson Blocks Bill Proposing $1,200 Relief Checks

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 18 December 2020 01:34 PM

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., blocked an effort aimed at passing a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks on Friday.

According to The Hill, Johnson had maintained that coronavirus relief needs to be targeted.

His comments came as Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., tried to get consent to pass a bill that would have provided $1,200 for those who make up to $75,000. Consent requires the cooperation of every senator.

“What I'm proposing will give working folks in my state and across this country a shot ... at getting back up on their feet," Hawley said.

Johnson, however, objected.

"I completely support some kind of program targeted for small businesses. ... So what I fear we're going to do with this bipartisan package, and what the senator from Missouri is talking about is the same thing, is a shotgun approach," Johnson said.

"We will not have learned the lessons from our very hurried, very rushed earlier relief packages."

Axios noted Hawley has teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in an effort to include direct payments in the relief package. The bill currently being discussed by congressional leaders calls for direct payments of $600.

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., blocked an effort aimed at passing a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks on Friday. According to The Hill, Johnson had maintained that coronavirus relief needs to be targeted. His comments came as Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., tried to get consent to...
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