Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday in preparing to delay a vote to override President Trump’s veto on a defense spending bill. Their opposition comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked Sanders’ request to vote immediately on increasing stimulus checks to $2,000 from the $600 included in Congress’ $900 billion relief bill.
Markey and Sanders both took Republican senators to task for supporting the “bloated” $740 billion defense bill while remaining hesitant about giving more money to “working families,” some of whom are “struggling to survive” amid the pandemic. Markey said the situation amounted to a “moral failure for our country.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “We have just passed the largest military budget in the history of our country, $740 billion more than the next 10 nations combined… Meanwhile over half a million Americans are homeless, half of our working families are struggling to survive.” pic.twitter.com/yNd4KRMaMx
— The Hill (@thehill) December 29, 2020
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) calls out Congress for spending “three-quarters of a trillion dollars on a bloated defense budget” while it is unable to spend on families going hungry:
“That is a moral failure for our country.” pic.twitter.com/okpaEGWwzq
— The Recount (@therecount) December 29, 2020
Sanders has previously said he intends to make sure lawmakers don’t head home until the direct payment increase is brought up for a vote, even if it means they’re stuck for New Year’s Eve.