Senator David Perdue called President Donald Trump on Christmas Day to beg the President to sign the coronavirus relief package. According to a report by Bloomberg, Perdue expressed concerns as President Trump voiced a long list of grievances and issues he had with the legislation, including his desire to have the direct payments increased from $600 to $2,000. Trump ultimately signed the bill Sunday night.

While Perdue and Loeffler praised Trump’s “leadership” in signing the bill, they refused to weigh in on whether they support increasing the direct payments, something they will likely have to vote on after the House passed a measure on Monday increasing the amount to $2,000.

Perdue’s opponent, Democrat Jon Ossoff, issued a statement Monday evening saying, “a single $600 check is a joke.”

“Many Georgia families are in dire straits, and after eight months of obstruction, a single $600 check is a joke,” Ossoff said. “Vast sums have been given to Wall Street banks and large corporations while David Perdue personally profited from pandemic stock trades. The people need help. Perdue must reverse his opposition to $2,000 checks and join Democrats, President-elect Biden, and President Trump in immediately supporting $2,000 relief checks for his constituents.”

Perdue and Senator Lindsey Graham visited Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over the Christmas holiday, as they argued in favor of Trump sending Congress a list of spending items in the bill to eliminate, known as recessions.

According to polling by Data For Progress, 78% of voters support $2,000 checks and believe $600 payments are “not enough.” The poll also says 63% of non-college-educated individuals support $2,000 checks.

While polling data in the twin Senate runoff races have been hard to come by, 2.1 million people have cast their ballots ahead of the Jan. 5th election. About 4 million Georgians voted early in the November election, which saw Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump. About 1.3 million people voted early at in-person polling places, according to the state data. Another 721,000 sent ballots by mail. A total of about 1.3 million Georgians requested mail-in ballots. However, it is not clear how the Republican electorate will turnout considering Trump is not on the ballot.

“While it is good news that help is finally on its way to Georgia, it is too late and does too little for all of the struggling families, workers, and small businesses that have had to wait months for relief,” said Reverend Raphael Warnock. “The House is right to vote to increase direct payments for Georgians to $2,000, which even President Trump supports. Instead of campaigning around the state and standing in the way of putting more money in the pockets of Georgians impacted by this pandemic, Kelly Loeffler should be in Washington taking up this fight in the Senate.”

Republican candidate for Senate Sen. David Perdue speaks during a campaign stop at Peachtree Dekalb Airport Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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