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Georgia senators pushed administration, Senate Democrats to pass a new round of stimulus checks: report | TheHill – The Hill

Georgia Sens. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockGeorgia senators pushed administration, Senate Democrats to pass a new round of stimulus checks: report Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they ‘forgot who was the true leader’ Republicans plan voting overhauls after Biden’s win MORE (D) and Jon OssoffJon OssoffGeorgia senators pushed administration, Senate Democrats to pass a new round of stimulus checks: report Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they ‘forgot who was the true leader’ Republicans plan voting overhauls after Biden’s win MORE (D), both of whom won January runoff elections on the promise of a Democratic senate passing another round of direct coronavirus payments, have pushed their caucus for speedy action on the issue, The Washington Post reported.

Both Warnock and Ossoff in a lunchtime call with Senate Democrats and White House economic advisers Thursday described the pledge as pivotal to their respective victories, according to the newspaper.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said the general consensus in the meeting was the need for quick, decisive action on another round of coronavirus relief.

“My strong impression was that there is general unanimity, and it’s strong that we need to be bold and decisive, particularly in putting shots and putting vaccines in people’s arms and putting money in people’s pockets and putting kids back to school,” Blumenthal said, according to the Post. “And one way to put money in people’s pockets is to fulfill our promises on stimulus payments.”

White House participants in the call included senior adviser Anita Dunn, National Economic Council Director Brian DeeseBrian DeeseGeorgia senators pushed administration, Senate Democrats to pass a new round of stimulus checks: report White House aides push back on idea of splitting up relief package Overnight Health Care: Biden adviser delivers more pessimistic prediction on vaccine rollout | CDC says coronavirus could kill up to 514K by Feb. 20 | Vaccine research funds have been misused for decades, watchdog says MORE and Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsGeorgia senators pushed administration, Senate Democrats to pass a new round of stimulus checks: report Overnight Health Care: Biden adviser delivers more pessimistic prediction on vaccine rollout | CDC says coronavirus could kill up to 514K by Feb. 20 | Vaccine research funds have been misused for decades, watchdog says White House goes full-throttle on COVID-19 relief talks MORE, the administration’s point man on the coronavirus response.

The meeting occurred the same day that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP congressman demands Ocasio-Cortez apologize following Twitter exchange with Cruz Georgia senators pushed administration, Senate Democrats to pass a new round of stimulus checks: report Boebert clashes with Parkland survivor on Twitter: ‘Give your keyboard a rest, child’ MORE (D-Calif.) said the House and the Senate were set to vote on a budget resolution next week.

“By the end of the week we will be finished with the budget resolution, which will be about reconciliation if we need it,” she told reporters, according to the Post.

Under reconciliation, the resolution could pass the chamber with a simple majority if every Democratic senator and Vice President Harris vote for it.

“I do think we have more leverage to get cooperation on the other side if they know we have an alternative,” Pelosi said.

The Hill has reached out to Warnock’s and Ossoff’s offices and the White House for comment.

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