Sanders Slams Trump for Threatening To Not Sign COVID Relief Bill

With federal unemployment insurance programs expiring for millions of Americans and a potential government shutdown on the horizon, President Donald Trump appears to be resolute in his threat to not sign a massive $2.3 trillion spending bill that would fund the government and provide billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief to individuals and small businesses.

The president has suggested that the relief package does not include “enough money” for Americans and has called for Congress to increase the amount of a new round of stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 for individuals. 

He signaled he would not sign bill unless Congress revised it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has been a proponent of sending out another round of direct payments, told ABC’s Jon Karl on Sunday, “What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel.”

“Many millions of people are losing their extended unemployment benefits. They’re going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending,” he continued.

He argued that Trump should sign the current bill — which would send out $600 stimulus checks — and suggested Congress can pass a separate bill that would send out $2,000 checks.

“Sign the bill Mr. President, and then immediately Monday, Tuesday we can pass a $2,000 direct payment to the working families of this country.”

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Congress passed the massive spending package on December 21 after days of negotiations. But Trump balked at the amount of money allocated for foreign aid in the government spending bill compared to the $892 billion relief bill. 

He listed examples of provisions for foreign aid in the government funding bill and claimed it was “wasteful spending.” At the same time, he argued there is “not enough money” in the COVID relief package for small businesses and individuals. 

“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 as he warned the “next administration” would have to pass a relief package unless Congress sent him a “suitable bill.”

The relief bill would have sent out $600 direct payments to individuals, and it provided $300 per week in unemployment insurance on top of the states’ benefits. It also allocated money for contact tracing, coronavirus testing, vaccine distribution, and small businesses. 

After Trump’s demand, House Democrats attempted to pass a stand-alone bill that would have sent Americans $2,000 checks, but that motion was blocked by Republican lawmakers.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the full House would vote on the measure on Monday, but added that she hopes Trump will sign the current bill before then. 

Responses

  1. You trumpturds are so pathetic. Do you not realize by trump not, at the very least, vetoing that Bill approved by republicans and democrats both, he’s screwing and punishing both parties because he lost the election. His biggest aim is to stick it to the Republican politicians for not being willing to support his lie. This will actually bring the Republicans and Democrats together against trump which would be hilarious if not for the fact there’s so many suffering. I’m surprised y’all aren’t smarter.

  2. Aint that fat! Ole bernie de schmuck sanders cryin like a baby about the potus! How anyone takes that grifter serious in todays age is beyond me!! Bernie you havent earned an honest paycheck in last for decades!!!! Get off your high donkey you jacka$$

  3. “They’re going to be evicted from their apartments.” Sorry Bernie, wrong answer. Evictions were stalled by legislation in Sept. Perhaps if you weren’t so senile and afflicted with recto-cranial inversion, you would know that. Oh, you were lying, like always. No surprise.

  4. So it’s okay for Nancy and the dem/leftist to block this last bill for 3 months (Nancy admitted in a press conference she did) and then tell everyone else do as we say not as we do.
    Guess the dems getting the USA to send $10 Million to Pakistan for gender programs and spend the rest of the dem/leftist pork everywhere else was enough to finally get the dem/leftist/prog/socialist/borderline communist to approve of this bill.
    lmao.

    1. I am confused, Peggy.

      My recollection is that the Democrats passed a $2.2 trillion bill October 1st. The American Fascists, under Missing Moscow Mitch’s guidence, refused to even talk about it, let alone pass it.

      Why do you think that the American Fascist Party would do such a terrible thing, Peggy? Why? Please explain this to me, so that other readers can understand it, too, because I know that they would like to understand it better.

  5. Could Bernie Sanders disappoint us any more? He has gone all in on the swamp. On spending trillions without any accountability. On lavishing foreign nations for things they don’t need while not helping and protecting our own citizens. We are in a pandemic. What other purpose should a government have than for banding together and keeping our people safe, including financially safe, during this time? Bernie is a fraud. Trump needs to veto. Congress needs to put forth a clean bill with ONLY pandemic related issues, and ONLY money for US citizens who need it.

    The criminals in power in our nation think we only exist to support them. To support their foreign adventures that kill millions, to support their decadent lifestyles as they loot the treasury. F-them.

    1. “Congress needs to put forth a clean bill with ONLY pandemic related issues, and ONLY money for US citizens who need it.” Fred

      Do you honestly listen to your garbage? No wonder we are the laughingstock of the world, now.

      This is the quid pro quo of Washington, baby! To get one side’s pork passed, they hold the other side hostage by refusing to pass something that the other side wants or needs.

      The American Fascists held the survival bill hostage so that ALL of their pork in the spending bill would be passed *. They combined the two bills to make everyone “happy”, Fred. Why aren’t YOU “happy”, Fred? Fred’s not “happy”, guys. Try to cheer him up.

      * How long will it take for opponents of certain Democrats, from EITHER party, to turn around and ACCUSE them of supporting the American Fascist’s pork in this bill? “Why did you DO that? How could you?” They do it all of the time.

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