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David Sirota: Democrats gave away leverage in forcing vote on $2,000 checks

David Sirota, founder of The Daily Poster, said during a Thursday interview with Hill.TV that Democratic lawmakers lost leverage in the fight over winning Senate approval for $2,000 direct payments by voting to move forward on legislation to override President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE's veto and pass an annual defense bill. 

Sirota's argument, explained in a interview with Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball, is that by voting against the procedural motion, Democrats might have forced a vote on the larger direct payments. 

"It's a little wonky, it's a little procedural, but the point here is is that the Democrats had the chance to not allow Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell shoots down Manchin's voting compromise Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE to move forward the defense authorization bill without a vote on $2,000 checks and they ended up instead, giving him 41 of the votes for that measure."

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE (I-Vt.) and five Democratic senators voted against moving forward to the NDAA and veto override.

The defense bill has broad support from both parties and passed the House and Senate in December with veto-proof majorities. 

The House already voted to override Trump's veto, though some progressive Democrats have voted against the bill in both chambers.