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Georgia Republicans stick with Trump and support increased direct payments

December 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both announced Tuesday that they support an effort to amend the recently passed omnibus spending bill to increase direct payments for Americans under a certain income level from $600 to $2,000.

David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both announced Tuesday that they support an effort to amend the recently passed omnibus spending bill to increase direct payments for Americans under a certain income level from $600 to $2,000.

Perdue and Loeffler were under increased pressure from their Democratic opponents Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock to increase the payments, especially after President Donald Trump delayed the signing of the legislation because he was unhappy with the size of the payments.

Perdue must reverse his opposition to $2,000 checks and join Democrats, President-elect Biden, and President Trump in immediately supporting $2,000 relief checks for his constituents," Ossoff said in a statement.

Initially, Perdue and Loeffler were publicly hesitant to back the plan, a reflection of the careful balancing acts the duo has been forced to perform in order to keep Trump's passionate supporters engaged in their campaign.

After Perdue and company convinced Trump to sign the bill, the House quickly passed the amendment putting the Senate Republicans -- most specifically Loeffler and Perdue -- on the hot seat.

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