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Sabtu, 02 Januari 2021

Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell's homes vandalised after increased COVID payments not approved - ABC News

Vandals have attacked the homes of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after Congress failed to approve an increase in coronavirus stimulus payments.

Graffiti, fake blood and a pig's head were left at Ms Pelosi's San Francisco home on New Year's Day, police reported.

The phrases "$2K," "Cancel rent!" and "We want everything" were painted on the property's garage door, apparently referencing Democratic lawmakers' failed efforts to increase the coronavirus relief checks from $US600 to $US2,000.

The vandalism was reported about 2:00am on Friday, a police statement said, and a special investigations unit is trying to determine who did it.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had tried to increase stimulus cheques from $US600 to $US2,000.(AP: Jose Luis Magana)

Meanwhile, someone spray-painted "were's [sic] my money" and "Mitch kills the poor" on Mr McConnell's property in Kentucky.

A profanity directed at the Republican senator was also painted under the mailbox.

Mr McConnell released a statement on Saturday condemning the vandalism at his home in Louisville.

"I've spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest," he stated.

"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."

Mr McConnell said he and his wife are not intimidated by the vandalism.

Louisville police are investigating the incident.

There are currently no suspects, police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said.

Mitch McConnell urges Senate to override Trump veto
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the vandalism a "radical tantrum".(News Video)

On New Year's Day, Senate Republicans refused to allow debate over a bill to increase the amount of COVID-19 relief.

The increase, supported by President Donald Trump, passed the Democratic-led House but was blocked by Mr McConnell.

The Government has begun sending out the smaller payments to millions of Americans.

The $600 payment is going to individuals with incomes up to $75,000. Congress approved the payment in late December.

AP

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