Paypal – People are using Venmo and PayPal to demand $2K
| Louisville Courier Journal
Stimulus checks: Nancy Pelosi slams Mitch McConnell for blocking bill
Nancy Pelosi said Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans are holding up the distribution of $2,000 stimulus checks to the American people.
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In the days following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s blockage of a bill to increase coronavirus stimulus payments to $2,000, Twitter users turned to mobile payment services to demand the money.
The Kentucky Republican argued on the Senate floor Wednesday the measure has “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate” while Democrats and some Republicans unsuccessfully pushed for a vote on $2,000 stimulus checks before the Senate adjourned Friday.
In response, several people tried to demand the money from the Senate majority leader directly using Venmo and PayPal.
“I’m getting that stimulus check one way or another,” one Twitter user wrote Tuesday, one day before McConnell blocked the bill’s quick passage. The person included a screenshot of a Venmo request for $2,000 sent to an account named Mitch McConnell that had the senator’s headshot as its profile picture.
“(I)’ll be venmo requesting mitch mcconnell for $2000 every day this year,” another person tweeted.
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Another person said they couldn’t find a Venmo account for McConnell, so they “took it to PayPal,” which allows users to send emailed requests for money even to people who don’t have an account.
A spokesperson for McConnell did not answer an email from The Courier Journal asking for a response to the requests.
During his floor speech Wednesday, McConnell said “the Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of Democrats’ rich friends who don’t need the help.”
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