15:48 GMT15 January 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday stepped up calls for his fellow Republicans to approve a $2,000 coronavirus stimulus handout, repeal a law that protects big tech companies and stop what he alleged is election fraud, after the Senate leader promised the chamber would take up the three issues this week.

    Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier on Tuesday said the Senate would this week "begin a process" to address the three priorities.

    “Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!” Trump tweeted. “Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough!”

    On Monday, the Democratic-led House of Representatives approved a bill to increase stimulus payments from $600, originally envisaged by lawmakers, to $2,000 per taxpayer and passed it to the Senate.

    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to schedule a vote for the proposed legislation, but said that the chamber would later consider the bigger payment, a repeal of Section 230 and election integrity measures.

    Although Trump's administration has authorized the transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, the incumbent refuses to concede and disputes the validity of the election, accusing his rivals of massive fraud.


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