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Rubio invokes unity in request for Biden to call for individual $2K checks

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioJustice Dept. closes insider trading case against Burr without charges Author Ryan Girdusky: Ivanka Trump to face challenges in potential Senate run against Rubio Former Trump intel chief Coats introduces Biden nominee Haines at hearing MORE (R-Fla.) urged President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE to appeal to national unity by pushing for $2,000 direct payments, which Biden is on record as supporting.

"It would send a powerful message to the American people if, on the first day of your presidency, you called on the House and Senate to send you legislation to increase the direct economic impact payments to Americans struggling due to the pandemic from $600 to $2,000," Rubio wrote in the letter, obtained by Axios.

Rubio cited last Wednesday’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, which he called “one of the darkest days in our history,” and wrote that in the wake of the riot Americans are in search of “hope that political leaders in Washington can begin taking steps to heal our deeply divided nation.”

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Biden previously backed President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE’s call in December to send out the $2,000 direct payments.

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump has talked to associates about forming new political party: report McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag McConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) blocked a measure to increase the payments from $600, Biden campaigned for Democratic candidates in the Georgia Senate runoffs by saying a Democratic victory would mean $2,000 checks. Both the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockThe Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today Democrats torn on impeachment trial timing Here's what you need to know about Inauguration Day MORE and Jon OssoffJon OssoffThe Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today Democrats torn on impeachment trial timing Here's what you need to know about Inauguration Day MORE won their elections.

Rubio also urged the president-elect against including the checks in a broader relief package that includes other Democratic priorities.

“Please do not allow direct payments to the American people to get caught up in the normal political games by adding a wish list of far left or other unrelated priorities to this legislation,” he wrote.

Rubio was not among a handful of Republican senators who joined an objection to Biden’s victories in key states after the riot last week. His colleague, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), joined the objection to Pennsylvania’s results.