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Pelosi's, McConnell's homes vandalized as $2K stimulus check bill fails to pass

The Hill logo The Hill 1/2/2021 Kaelan Deese
a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Pelosi's, McConnell's homes vandalized as $2K stimulus check bill fails to pass © Getty Images Pelosi's, McConnell's homes vandalized as $2K stimulus check bill fails to pass

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) respective homes were tagged with graffiti over the New Year's holiday as a bill that would up the amount of money included in coronavirus stimulus checks failed to pass in Congress Friday.

Early Friday, Pelosi's San Francisco home was targeted with a spray-painted message that read, "$2K," "Cancel rent!" and "We want everything!" on the garage door of her house, local NBC affiliate WLEX reported.

The Hill reached out to Pelosi's office but did not immediately receive a response.

On Saturday, McConnell's Louisville, Ky., house was targeted with graffiti on its front door that read, "Where's my money" and additional paint sprayed on a window.

House Democrats late last year passed a bill that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.

However, the bill was blocked for the fourth straight day in the Senate on Friday, closing the door on an already unlikely chance that lawmakers would be able to get a bill to President Trump to sign before the end of the current Congress.

The 116th Congress ends Sunday morning.

The bill received support from several Republicans in the House at the time it was passed, and some Republicans in the Senate have indicated their support of the measure.

However, other Republicans are opposed to the bill, citing budget deficits.

McConnell had floated that the $2,000 checks could be tied to efforts to repeal Section 230 and form a commission to look into claims of voter fraud and irregularities in the November elections.

A spokesperson for McConnell's office released a statement to The Hill on Saturday condemning the vandalism against the majority leader's Kentucky home.

"I've spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest," McConnell said in the prepared statement. "I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not."

"This is different. Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society," the senator added.

"My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren't too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum," he continued.

Authorities in both cities continue to investigate the instances of graffiti to determine possible suspects, WLEX reported.

It is not immediately clear whether security cameras monitored McConnell's home, though the outlet noted that several surveillance cameras monitor Pelosi's home and the neighborhood.

Updated 3:19 p.m.


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