By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: United States House of Representatives and United States Senate (Information):
Washington, District of Columbia: Democrats will try to vote on Thursday, December 24th, 2020 to increase the $600 stimulus checks payments recently approved COVID-19 Relief Package after United States President Donald Trump called on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 for the stimulus checks payments to be increased to $2,000 or $4,000 for couple.
In a video posted onto The White House official Facebook and Twitter pages, United States President Donald Trump spoke about the COVID-19 pandemic relief package that the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate approved on Monday, December 21st, 2020.
“Throughout the summer, Democrats cruelly blocked COVID relief legislation in an effort to advance their extreme left wing agenda and influence the election. Then a few months ago, Congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help to the American people. It’s taken forever. However, the bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated. It really is a disgrace. For example, among the more than 5,000 pages in this bill, which nobody in Congress has read because of its length and complexity, it’s called the COVID Relief Bill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID. This bill contains $85.5 million for assistance to Cambodia, $134 million to Burma, $1.3 billion for Egypt and the Egyptian military, which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment. $25 million for democracy and gender programs in Pakistan, $505 million to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. $40 million for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, which is not even open for business. $1 billion for the Smithsonian and an additional $154 million for the National Gallery of Art. Likewise, these facilities are essentially not open. $7 million for reef fish management, $25 billion to combat Asian carp, $2.5 million to count the number of amberjack fish in the Gulf of Mexico. A provision to promote the breeding of fish in federal hatcheries, $3 million in poultry production technology, $2 million to research the impact of down trees, $566 million for construction projects at the FBI. The bill also allows stimulus checks for the family members of illegal aliens, allowing them to get up to $1,800 each. This is far more than the Americans are given. Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the $900 billion package provides hardworking 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. They were only given a deduction for others to use in business, their restaurant, for two years. This two year period must be withdrawn, which will allow the owners to obtain financing and get their restaurants back in condition. Congress can terminate it at a much later date, but two years is not acceptable. It’s not enough. 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 am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple. 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, and maybe that administration will be me, and we will get it done. Thank you very much,” said United States President Donald Trump on video.
Following calls by the United States President Donald Trump to increase the stimulus checks payments, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, tweeted, “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!”
Lindsey Graham, United States Senator from South Carolina, spoke about Nancy Pelosi agreeing with the United States President Donald Trump’s idea to increase direct payments.
“Appreciate the fact that Speaker Pelosi supports President @realDonaldTrump’s idea to increase direct payments to $2,000 per person. The American people are hurting and deserve relief. I know there is much bipartisan support for this idea. Let’s go further. I hope Speaker Pelosi will agree with President Trump that Big Tech needs to be reined in by winding down Section 230 liability protections. I have reason to believe this combination will lead to President Trump supporting the NDAA and COVID19 omnibus bills,” tweeted Lindsey Graham, United States Senator from South Carolina.
Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, said that we will ask for unanimous consent to pass a bill this week to increase.
“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,” tweeted Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, United States Representative from New York, said she hopes for passage of the $2,000 checks this week.
“Let’s do it. @RashidaTlaib (United States Representative from Michigan) 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,” tweeted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, United States Representative from New York.
Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, said he hopes not to get bogged down with ideological offsets and unrelated items when it comes to voting in increase the direct payments.
“I’m in. Whaddya say, Mitch? Let’s not get bogged down with ideological offsets and unrelated items and just DO THIS! The American people deserve it. @senatemajldr (U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell),” tweeted Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader.
Even if the United States House of Representatives is able to pass the bill by unanimous consent, with no Republicans offering opposition, it is unlikely that it will pass in the United States Senate.
Ron Johnson, United States Senator from Wisconsin, twice last week blocked proposals by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Senator Josh Hawley to provide $1,200 direct checks, arguing that spending money on direct checks would increase the deficit, and amount to “mortgaging our kids’ future.”
On Wednesday, Lindsey Graham, United States Senator from South Carolina and a staunch ally of the United States President, said that he supports United States President Donald Trump demand to increase direct payments for long-suffering Americans.
“I support President @realDonaldTrump’s demand to increase direct payments for long-suffering Americans to $2,000 per person.And I also support his call to end Section 230 Big Tech legal liability protections. Let’s vote,” tweeted Lindsey Graham, United States Senator from South Carolina.
Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the COVID-19 relief package and stimulus checks payments.