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Enough Republicans support $2,000 stimulus checks.

Sen. Sherrod Brown addresses the crowd at the Dorchester County Democrats' First Annual Oyster Roast at the Summerville Country Club in Summerville, S.C. Saturday, March 2, 2019.

The only thing standing between the American public and a $2,000 check is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told reporters on Wednesday. 

Enough Republicans in the Senate support giving citizens a $2,000 stimulus check to weather the pandemic, Brown, D-Ohio, said by phone as he drove back to Washington. 

The House of Representatives on Monday approved increasing the one-time aid payments from $600 to $2,000 275-134 with 44 Republicans voting in support. 

McConnell then blocked the Senate from an immediate vote increasing the one-time payments from $600 to $2,000. Instead, he tied the additional aid to legislation that would also repeal legal immunity to tech companies and launch investigations into election integrity. 

"There's not a question this will pass," Brown said. "That is why McConnell is playing these games. He doesn't want it to pass."


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