Pelosi, AOC, Sanders Side With Trump in Call for Bigger Stimulus Checks

Democratic Congress members are backing President Donald Trump’s call for bigger stimulus checks, a rare move by the liberal lawmakers in supporting Trump.

Trump tore into the new COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on Tuesday evening, as IJR reported. He called the nearly $900 billion relief bill a “disgrace” and hinted that he would not sign it.

The spending bill has a big price tag — $1.4 trillion for keeping the government open and an $892 billion coronavirus relief package. The coronavirus relief bill includes $600 stimulus checks to most Americans.

After noting what is included in the spending bill, Trump said in a video posted to Twitter Tuesday night, “Despite all of this wasteful spending, and much more, the $900 billion package provides hard-working taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments.”

Trump later added, “I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple.”

“Let’s do it!” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in agreement with Trump.

She wrote in response on Twitter, “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.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also weighed in, responding to Pelosi’s tweet, “That’s great!”

After noting a previous bill introduced to provide $2,000 in direct payment, Sanders tweeted, “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.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reiterated, “Let’s do it.”

She then noted that she and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) “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,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “We can pass $2k checks this week if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, writing, “I’m in.”

He then directed his message to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), “Whaddya say, Mitch? Let’s not get bogged down with ideological offsets and unrelated items and just DO THIS! The American people deserve it.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also tweeted, “Negotiating everything into one bill is how we got here, since Trump wants to sign a bill with survival checks, let’s send one to his desk right away.”

It was not only Democratic lawmakers who weighed in. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) declared on Twitter, “[Donald Trump] is right,” adding, “Workers deserve much more than $600, as I have repeatedly said [and] fought for.”

He added, “And there’s obviously plenty of [money] to do it – look at what Congress threw away on corporate giveaways [and] foreign buyouts. Let’s get it done.”

Responses

  1. US foreign aid spending comes with terrible consequences. eg. If you accept it, you are not permitted to educate your kids about safe sex. Coz religious bigotry.

  2. To The Congress (House And Senate) of the United States: get rid of the money to foreign countries. Try thinking of the American people that pay your salary and if you put them out of business, NO JOB.

    1. “get rid of the money to foreign countries” Bernadette

      Did you KNOW the Congress gives Israel $3,800,000,000 annually, since 2016, Bernadette? So, in effect, we have been paying a foreign country to buy our weapons and other things. That is nearly $20 billion of our money, so far. No wonder Netanyahu sucks up to King Donald The Loser and vice versa.

      Israel has a better health care system than we do. I wonder why.

  3. Get rid of the all the foreign aid that those commies want to give. That money belongs in the hands of the American people.

    1. Commies? When did King Donald The Loser put a stop to our money going to propping up other governments? I never heard him complain about this, until now.

  4. Perdue, in Georgia, WAS trying to cut the $600, but NOW he is clutching the coattails of those approving this so that HE can get re-elected.

    Missing Moscow Mitch and Rand Paul don’t actually care (“egg-headed”) about needy people, so direct your pressure on the Grinches.

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