LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Homes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were devastated the weekend after Congress Friday adjourned without securing $ 2,000 stimulus checks.
Messages like “Where’s my money?” And other explosives were written in spray paint over the front door and bricks of the Kentucky Republican home in Louisville. Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the incident happened around 5am on Saturday and there was “minor damage to graffiti on the window and door.” The department has no suspects.
Meanwhile, vandals were painting graffiti on the garage door of Democrat Pelosi’s home in San Francisco and left a pig’s head on the sidewalk around 2 a.m. on Friday morning, police said. Vandals also posted messages like “$ 2k cancel rent” and left fake blood on Pelosi’s driveway, after local news reports. San Francisco police said the special investigation department has opened an investigation.
The following could happen next: Congress ended without a $ 2,000 stimulus check
The vandalism comes to McConnell Put the kibosh on a standalone suggestion for direct cash payments of $ 2,000 to eligible American households – an idea endorsed by President Donald Trump, 44 House Republicans, and several Senate Republicans.
“The Senate is not bullied into throwing more borrowed money into the hands of the rich friends of the Democrats who don’t need the help,” McConnell said in a speech in the Senate on Wednesday.
Last week, Congress passed a coronavirus aid package worth around $ 900 billion, including $ 600 checks for most Americans under a prolonged stalemate between Democrats and Republicans.
The House on Monday agreed to give Americans $ 2,000 stimulus checks, but the measure never came to a vote in the Senate. A day later, McConnell introduced his own version of the $ 2,000 legislation that would tie payments to two subjects Rejected by Democrats: the creation of an advisory committee to investigate “the integrity and administration” of the November general election and the repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The Senate adjourned on Friday evening without passing the $ 2,000 stimulus checksThe fate of the proposal therefore rests in the hands of the next Congress, which will meet on Sunday.
In response to the vandalism, McConnell said in a statement Saturday morning: “I have spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest. I appreciate any Kentuckian who has participated in the democratic process, whether or not they agree with me or not. “”
“It’s different,” he continued. “Vandalism and fear politics have no place in our society.”
He concluded, “My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our Louisville neighbors aren’t too bothered by this radical tantrum.”
It was unclear whether McConnell was home during the incident. A McConnell spokesman did not immediately respond to a USA TODAY Network request for comment.
A Pelosi spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Featuring: Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY.
Ben Tobin reported from Louisville. Savannah Behrmann reported from Washington. Grace Hauck reported from New Jersey.
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