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A relief bill has been introduced by GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, according to The Western Journal.

“It’s what every single senator has already supported, so there should be no fiddling about ‘Oh I don’t know this is different.’ It’s exactly what every senator has voted for once,”

“If the negotiators can’t reach some sort of compromise I will go to the floor next week and I’ll ask for an up or down vote on that.”

“I’m continuing to be flummoxed as to why there aren’t any direct payments. Everybody supported this in March. It’s the most useful, helpful and frankly popular aspect. So I told [the president] that, and … I encouraged him to veto it.”

“This is exactly the relief every Senator voted for in March. Working families should not be an afterthought now. They should be first in line for #COVID19 relief”

— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 10, 2020

“Today I am introducing legislation to provide direct #COVID19 relief for every working family in need – $1200/ person, $2400/ couple, $500/ child. If the Senate will not include this help in a relief package, I will go to the floor & ask for up or down vote.”

“Americans need direct payments now. Families are struggling. Unemployment claims are rising and food lines are growing. It’s time Congress finally acts.”

“Direct payments should be at the center of any Covid relief legislation that Congress passes. If Congress doesn’t pass relief legislation with direct payments in it by next week, I will go to the Senate floor to demand a vote on my legislation.”

“If the negotiators can’t reach some sort of compromise I will go to the floor next week and I’ll ask for an up or down vote on that.”

In the department of strange bedfellows, she noted that Senator @HawleyMO has been a big proponent of stimulus checks, and that she’d be “happy to work with that element of the Republican Party” to get direct payments to people who need them.

— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) December 4, 2020

Hawley did not dispute the report in a response on Twitter.

I will gladly work w/ @AOC and anyone else who wants to help working families. Families and working people in need should be the FIRST consideration in COVID relief, not last https://t.co/q8bPFtBeDl

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— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 4, 2020

“I will gladly work w/ @AOC and anyone else who wants to help working families. Families and working people in need should be the FIRST consideration in COVID relief, not last.”

From The Western Journal:

GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri has introduced a targeted coronavirus relief bill for struggling American individuals and families.

Amid months of stalled negotiations between the Democrat-run House, the GOP-controlled Senate, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Hawley on Wednesday introduced a bill that would offer immediate relief to individuals and families.

In the chess match that has become relief talks, Hawley is seeking a targeted and bipartisan agreement.

Hawley stated quite strongly that he is opposed to any bill that doesn’t offer direct checks to Americans. In fact, he said his bill would only include such relief, according to The Hill.

Signaling his approval of the CARES Act which was passed in March with bipartisan support, Hawley said he again wants the federal government to send each American making less than $75,000 annually a $1,200 stimulus check, and more for those with minor children.