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Biden: Democrats winning in GA runoffs mean $2K stimulus checks now

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.,...
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, to announce his health care team. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris listens at right. (Source: Susan Walsh)(WTOK)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 2:03 PM CST
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(CNN) - President-elect Joe Biden is stumping for Georgia’s Democratic Senate candidates and tying their election to larger stimulus checks.

He campaigned for Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in Atlanta Monday. Their runoff races Tuesday will determine control of the U.S. Senate.

Right now, Majority Mitch McConnell is rejecting a bill to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $1,200 to $2,000. Biden says if Ossoff and Warnock win Democrats won’t need McConnell’s blessing.

“By electing Jon and the reverend, you can make an immediate difference in your own life, the lives of the people all across this country, because their election will put an end to the block in Washington of that $2,000 stimulus check. That’s money that will go out the door immediately to help people who are in real trouble. Think about what that will mean in your lives. Putting food on the table, paying rent, paying your mortgage, paying down your credit card, paying the phone bill, the gas bill, the electric bill. Just look around. Millions of people in this country out of work through no fault of their own, no fault of their own. They’re struggling. Many are fearful and many have given up hope. Look at the lines at food banks -- hours and hours and hours. This is the United States of America for God’s sake. And there are food lines, like we’ve not seen since the depression and they’re getting longer families, children, people have worked their whole lives and never asked for a thing except a fighting chance. Now they’re lining up for food in America, and the debate of $2,000 isn’t some abstract debate in Washington. It’s about real lives. Your life. The lives of good, hard-working Americans. And if you’re like millions of Americans all across this country, you need the money. You need the help and you need it now,” said President-elect Biden.

The Democrats are challenging GOP Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

If they keep their seats, Republicans will control the Chamber 52 to 48.

If both lose, it will evenly split and Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will have the tie-breaking vote.