Trump Wants To Give Americans $2,000. He’s Also Threatening To Stay In Office
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 8: President Donald J. Trump arrives before he signs an ordinance ensuring access to U.S. government COVID-19 vaccines in the South Court auditorium of the White House complex on Tuesday, Jan. December 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Just a day before he was due to sign the $ 900 billion bill, President Donald Trump posted a video condemning it. Trump described the legislation as "a shame" and listed a number of allocations he believes were "wasteful spending". He also called for the "ridiculously low" stimulus checks to be increased, saying they should go from $ 600 to $ 2,000. In some ways, this video was the 2020 thing ever as it was boring, contained a really good thing, and ended up saying Trump would stay in office regardless of losing the election. What a ride.
The video predictably began when Trump accused the Democrats of "cruelly" blocking the aid laws to "advance their extreme left agenda and influence the elections." He went on to list a number of allocations within the stimulus package that he does not approve, and then again blamed China for the virus. Up until that point it seemed like any other of Trump's many bloody diatribes, but then he decided to say something that we actually agree with: “Despite all this lavish spending and much more, the $ 900 billion package caters to hardworking taxpayers each only $ 600 in aid. "Unsurprisingly, Trump didn't mention that most Democrats had been saying this all along, or that the $ 600 amount came from his Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin.
According to the Washington Post, that video came as a complete surprise even to Trump's own aides - not to mention countless other Republicans, who were no doubt shocked that the president would threaten to refuse to sign the bill they worked hard on to help the American people as little as possible.
The impact of what happens if Trump doesn't sign the current bill is catastrophic. If he refuses, the government will close on December 29th. When a government is on hold, economic aid is delayed until it can either sign this bill or come up with a new deal. While you would think Republicans want to agree with what Trump - who is still popular with the party’s grassroots - is saying, you would be wrong. In fact, it's the Democrats who immediately responded to Trump's video on Twitter and are happy to change the bill to send out bigger stimulus checks.
Bernie Sanders is fully on board, saying a direct payment of $ 2,000 was the original plan seven months ago. Sanders said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many other Republicans opposed it. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi expressed a similar sentiment, adding that Democrats were ready to vote unanimously for this addendum should it have its say. "I'm glad to see the president ready to support our legislation," tweeted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez MP, who co-authorized part of the original bill to include the larger sum. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, has tagged McConnell on Twitter, encouraging him not to "get lost in ideological misunderstandings" and instead focus on what will help the American people the most.
There's a little catch. Since the laws were passed with a veto-safe majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, Trump cannot actually change the bill. It's set at $ 600, but that doesn't mean additional checks can't be mailed. The House Democrats will attempt to pass a standalone bill for $ 2,000 in direct payments on Thursday, according to CNBC. Legislators calling for a vote on this new stimulus-check measure have reportedly failed to indicate whether this should be in addition to or as a replacement for the $ 600. It is unclear if this would pass, given the months of deadlock, just to get the current bill passed in both Houses of Congress. However, with Trump backing the idea, it is possible that Republicans who are loyal to the president will agree to move on.
Of course, all of this good news about the potential for additional, much-needed stimulus money could just be a distraction from the fact that the president also ended this video threatening to stay in office. In conclusion, he said that if Congress stops sending money, “the next government will have to deliver a COVID relief package. And maybe I am this administration. And we will do it. “UH what? While this threat is difficult to take seriously, it is still worrying. But what can we expect towards the end of 2020? Every cause of hope must be accompanied by a touch of terror. What fun.
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