Caroline’s Comics: McConnell and the $2000 stimulus check

This installment of Caroline’s Comics examines Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s actions surrounding the second stimulus check as the 116th U.S. Congress comes to a close.

Caroline Mascardo, Print Co-Copy Editor

Despite Senate Democrats’ efforts to vote on the House proposal for $2000 stimulus checks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected it, calling the bill “socialism for the rich.” Meanwhile, more than 25.7 million Americans remain out of work, with an additional 787,000 filing for unemployment in December as COVID-19 cases surge. Nearly a year since the pandemic began, an end to ceaseless death and loss seems unimaginable. COVID-19 aside, McConnell’s refusal to vote on the $2000 stimulus check underscores a larger issue: the extreme political divisiveness between Democrats and Republicans. The self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper,” McConnell has left hundreds of the Democrat-controlled House bills to die in the Senate, the recent stimulus check included. However, there is still hope for the House bill to pass in the Senate following the Georgia run-off elections on Jan. 5. With Democrats maintaining a narrow majority over Republicans, a $2000 check may soon become a reality.