House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi immediately called Donald Trump’s final bluff on the COVID relief package Tuesday night and told the president that she supported increasing direct stimulus payments to $ 2,000.
“The Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the president wanted for direct controls,” the House spokesman said on Twitter. “Finally the president has approved $ 2,000 – the Democrats stand ready to unanimously speak out this week. Let’s do this!”
Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the president wanted for direct controls. Finally, the president has approved $ 2,000 – the Democrats stand ready to unanimously speak up this week. Let’s do this! https://t.co/Th4sztrpLV
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2020
Pelosi’s response came after Trump posted a bizarre video blowing up the COVID relief bill that his own White House negotiated, asking Congress to increase the amount for the stimulus payment.
Trump said if Congress did not address its concerns about the rescue package, it would be up to the next administration – which he would have suggested – to draft a new bill.
Democrats supported a bigger incentive payment at every step
Most people acknowledge that a one-time stimulus check of $ 600 is nowhere near enough to keep millions of struggling Americans afloat amid a public health and economic crisis.
Given that Republicans were strongly against additional stimulus payments, it was a huge win for Democrats that they managed to get direct payments into the compromise aid package in the first place.
With members of Congress negotiating for months, it is clear that Trump did not take the time to even consider the proposals. If he had, he would have seen that the Democrats had passed the COVID Relief Act back in May, which included stimulus checks for double the amount on the current bill.
Separately, Nancy Pelosi called Donald Trump’s Bluff on Tuesday telling him so The House Democrats are ready to hike the stimulus payments to $ 2,000 immediately. He leaves the ball right on Mitch McConnell’s place.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.