Dec 10, 2020 - Politics & Policy

The new Bernie Bros

Sens. Josh Hawley and Bernie Sanders talking to reporters in the Capitol.

Photo: Kadia Goba

The stimulus' strangest Senate bedfellows? Maybe Bernie Sanders and Josh Hawley.

Driving the news: The push for cash payments as part of more COVID-19 relief has forged an unlikely alliance between the Vermont liberal, 79, and Missouri conservative, 40.

  • They joint-gaggled, masks-on, with reporters Thursday night outside the Senate chamber, talking about their shared call for $1,200 relief checks.
  • "I just don't know how any member of the Congress could go home to their families at a time when so many families are struggling," Sanders said.

But, but, but: Sanders is threatening to sink the stopgap government funding bill over the cash; Hawley isn't.

  • And Hawley declined to embrace HuffPo's reporter Igor Bobic's suggestion that he might now be considered a "Bernie Bro."
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