Spokesman Pelosi said if Trump is serious about $ 2,000 stimulus checks, he will have to let Republican leader Kevin McCarthy know so the House can unanimously approve them.
Spokeswoman Pelosi wrote in a letter to her colleagues at PoliticusUSA:
Just when you thought you saw it all, the president said last night that he might veto the bicameral agreement negotiated between Republicans and Democrats. He said he would unless the economic impact payments were increased to $ 2,000.
In the bipartisan negotiations, Fuehrer Schumer and I repeatedly asked the Republicans what number the president would most accept for direct payments, and they responded with sphinx-like silence. In the negotiations, they would never go beyond $ 600 and in some cases propose $ 500.
Yesterday I said the Democrats would have their say and ask for unanimous approval to come up with a standalone bill to increase payments. This requires the approval of the Republican leader. This agreement is necessary in the House and in the Senate.
If the President really wants to pay $ 2,000 with us, he should ask Leader McCarthy to agree to our request for unanimous approval.
We will have a pro forma meeting tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. We are waiting for Leader Hoyer’s message as to whether or not Leader McCarthy will approve or deny our request for unanimous consent.
The whole country knows that there is an urgent need for the president to sign this bill, both to provide coronavirus aid and to keep the government open.
Trump wants recognition for a package that he had nothing to do with negotiations. Trump has ceased government affairs, according to White House staff, and spends his time with Mike Flynn, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who engage in wild conspiracy theories and desperate offers to stay in power.
Trump is trying to punish Republicans for not backing his offer to overthrow the election, but the only thing he achieved was giving Spokeswoman Pelosi the leverage she needs to provide real pandemic relief .
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association