GOP Senator: Trump Will Be Remembered For 'Chaos And Misery' If COVID-19 Relief Expires
Senator Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) Said Sunday that President Donald Trump would leave a disastrous legacy if he fails to sign the latest COVID-19 relief bill and expire pandemic aid at the end of the month.
After a month-long dead end, Republicans and Democrats finally agreed on a $ 900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package. The proposed legislation is tied to a $ 1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill that is expected to fund the government through September.
But Trump, whose administration helped negotiate the relief bill, stunned Republicans last week when he asked lawmakers to increase the bill's aid payments from $ 600 to $ 2,000 per eligible American. Democrats expressed support for the president's call for more robust payments - relief some Democrats have been pushing for months.
"You do not get everything you want, even if you are the President of the United States," Toomey told Fox News Sunday, calling on Trump to sign the aid law.
He added, “I think the COVID relief efforts are really very important. And, you know, in my state, like many other states, we have governors who are closing down shops. People are unemployed through no fault of their own. "
Toomey suggested that Trump sign the bill, which includes up to $ 600 relief checks, and then ask Congress for additional payments on a subsequent bill.
"Time is running out," said Toomey. “I understand that the president wants to send bigger checks to everyone. ... I disagree with $ 2,000 checks for those who have no loss of income, which is the vast majority of Americans. But the president is free to take this case - the Democrats will agree - and see where it lands. But we just have a bill that helped his administration in the negotiations. I think we should do it. "
The increased unemployment benefits for those affected by the pandemic expired the day after Christmas, and an eviction moratorium to protect those struggling to make ends meet expires at the end of the month.
If Trump refuses to sign the bill, Americans could do without COVID-19 relief until President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 21 and a new administration is installed. In addition, the administration could be closed again this week - the third under the Trump presidency.
When asked if he was concerned about a possible shutdown, Toomey said he was unsure but "hopeful" as Trump had not specifically said he would veto the bill.
"I understand he wants to be remembered for promoting big checks," Toomey said. "But the danger is that if he allows this to happen, he will be remembered for chaos, misery and unpredictable behavior."
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