McConnell again blocked a standalone $2,000 stimulus bill Friday afternoon.
The Senate adjourned on Friday without approving legislation, the issue now getting passed to the next Congress.
The bill would have increased the coronavirus relief payments to American citizens in the latest COVID-19 aid package from $600 to $2,000, McConnell blocking Democrats from passing or voting on the bill by unanimous consent.
The Majority Leader took aim at Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for continuing to press for the increase.
During a floor speech on New Year’s Day, McConnell said that “a huge chunk would essentially be socialism for rich people," according to Fox News, also calling the increase a “universal cash giveaway.”
President Donald Trump had held up legislation that pushed for the stimulus increase, saying the checks contained in a $900 billion virus relief package he signed late last month were not good enough.
In an unusual political twist, he found himself on the same side as many Democrats in Congress, while fiscally conservative members of the Republican Party were opposed to providing larger sums.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proved a hurdle to passage of a measure with bigger checks, saying he was not keen on Dems' "rush to borrow half a trillion dollars for universal cash giveaways," The Washington Times reported.
“They want to give people ravaged by the China Virus $600, rather than the $2000 which they so desperately need. Not fair, or smart!” the President tweeted on Friday.
The Senate reconvenes Sunday with a new Congress.