Pelosi, Dems fall all over each other attempting to take credit for Trump’s call to increase stimulus checks
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seized on President Trump saying on Tuesday night that he wanted larger coronavirus stimulus checks for American citizens. She previously praised the $600 checks as “significant” yesterday. Trump is proposing $2,000 checks and Pelosi pounced saying, “Let’s do it!”
On Tuesday evening, Trump blasted the $900 billion economic relief package passed by Congress on Monday night, calling the measure a “disgrace.” “It’s called the COVID relief bill but it has almost nothing to do with COVID,” the president noted.
“Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks,” Pelosi wrote on Twitter. “At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”
Just yesterday, Pelosi praised a $900 billion package that gave out $600 checks to Americans as “significant,” which comes after she rejected a $1.8 trillion offer from the administration before the election that CNBC said included stimulus checks of $1,200 for adults and $1,000 per child.
Pelosi jumped on the social media bandwagon in response to a tweet from Trump late Tuesday calling for a significant increase in the size of the stimulus checks for American citizens. He threatened to veto the bill if that did not happen.
CNBC reported that the foreign aid provisions were included in a $1.4 trillion bill to keep the government funded that was paired with the coronavirus stimulus bill. “Trump did not threaten a veto in the video, and he had been expected to sign the legislation into law, along with the bill to keep the government open,” CNBC noted. “The legislation passed both houses of Congress with veto-proof majorities.”
“The bill also allows stimulus checks for the family members of illegal aliens, allowing them to get up $1,800 each,” the president said. “This is far more than the Americans are given.
“Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the $900 billion package provides hard-working taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments, and not enough money is given to small businesses and in particular restaurants, whose owners have suffered so grievously,” Trump said. “Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists, and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it. It wasn’t their fault, it was China’s fault, not their fault.”
“I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple,” Trump said. “I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
House Democrats responded to President Trump’s call to increase stimulus payments to $2,000 per adult by saying they’re ready to bring the measure to the floor by “unanimous consent” this week.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) stated, “House Democrats have fought for months to provide relief to the American people, which Republicans rejected at every turn. Now that the President has agreed to direct payments of $2000, we will ask for unanimous consent to pass a bill this week to give Americans this assistance.”
Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it! https://t.co/Th4sztrpLV
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2020
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged Trump to sign the current bill as is “to help people and keep the government open.”
“We’re glad to pass more aid Americans need,” Schumer said. “Maybe Trump can finally make himself useful and get Republicans not to block it again.”
Politics makes for strange bedfellows and President Trump finds his move supported by Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri is also an ardent supporter of the increased checks for Americans.
“Let’s do it,” AOC concurred. “@Rashida Tlaib and I already co-wrote the COVID amendment for $2,000 checks, so it’s ready to go. Glad to see the President is willing to support our legislation. We can pass $2k checks this week if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down.”
Let’s do it. @RashidaTlaib and I already co-wrote the COVID amendment for $2,000 checks, so it’s ready to go.
Glad to see the President is willing to support our legislation.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 23, 2020
“That’s great!” Sanders wrote. “I first introduced a bill to provide a $2,000 direct payment with @SenKamalaHarris & @EdMarkey 7 months ago. Now, Mr. President, get Mitch McConnell and your Republican friends to stop opposing it and we can provide working class Americans with $2,000. Let’s do it.”
That's great! I first introduced a bill to provide a $2,000 direct payment with @SenKamalaHarris & @EdMarkey 7 months ago. Now, Mr. President, get Mitch McConnell and your Republican friends to stop opposing it and we can provide working class Americans with $2,000. Let's do it. https://t.co/fKvqBsqM0k
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 23, 2020
“@realDonaldTrump is right,” Hawley wrote Tuesday night. “Workers deserve much more than $600, as I have repeatedly said & fought for. And there’s absolutely plenty of $$ to do it – look at what Congress threw away on corporate giveaways & foreign buyouts. Let’s get it done.”
.@realDonaldTrump is right – workers deserve much more than $600, as I have repeatedly said & fought for. And there’s obviously plenty of $$ to do it – look at what Congress threw away on corporate giveaways & foreign buyouts. Let’s get it done
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 23, 2020