Hawley to Try to Force Vote on $1,200 Stimulus Checks Sen. Josh Hawley at a hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020. (Greg Nash/AFP via Getty Images)
By Theodore Bunker | Thursday, 17 December 2020 05:18 PM
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., will push the Senate to hold a straight vote on a proposal of his to send our another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, he announced in a tweet on Thursday.
“Tomorrow I will go to the Senate floor to ask for an up or down vote on my bill to provide a direct payment of $1200 to working Americans, $2400 for couples, $500 for kids,” Hawley wrote. “This is the #covid relief working families need.”
The senator recently joined with Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders to push for stimulus checks as part of a larger package, which remains in negotiations, for coronavirus relief and government funding.
The Hill notes that the Senate allows any individual senator to request a vote, but any other senator is able to object. Hawley acknowledged this possibility during comments to reporters on Thursday.
“It might,” get blocked, he said. “I’ve said all along I want to have a vote.”