U.S. President Donald J. Trump sent out a call to action via a late night tweet on Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the stimulus bill stuck in Congress.
President Trump tweeted, “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?”
If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy? @MarkMeadows @senatemajldr @kevinomccarthy @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
A few hours prior to President Trump’s tweet, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell called for another stimulus package, cautioning that without the stimulus, the economic recovery could be weak, “creating unnecessary hardship for households and businesses.”
The contradiction of the President’s actions has many Democrats on Twitter in a frenzy but the move may be a strategic one as it demonstrates to American voters just how much the decision rests with the Democratic House leader and her cronies rather than the Republican heavy Senate who has been wanting to move the package forward.
Last week, the House passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, an updated version of the Heroes Act, but the White House signaled it was opposed to the legislation.
“We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.”
“We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith.”@SpeakerPelosi is not negotiating in good faith, President Trump said, as he revealed he ordered to cut off #Stimulus negotiations with her. https://t.co/yS6INF7REX
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) October 7, 2020
The White House’s Steve Mnuchin and the Democrats have been negotiating for months to try to reach a compromise on a new stimulus bill but Pelosi is leading the charge to push through unreasonable requests, according to remarks made by House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the latest round of talks.
“This bill recycles the same socialist wish list that was offered in the Heroes Act, which House Republicans overwhelmingly rejected,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) wrote in a memo to other Republicans before the vote last week.
“Reminder: We could’ve already delivered aid to small businesses LAST WEEK. BUT Nancy Pelosi blocked it from even coming to the House Floor. It’s been clear for weeks: She’s not interested in a serious deal—only using the pandemic to play politics,” Scalise said on Twitter.
President Trump also alluded to the fact that Nancy Pelosi was trying to include sending federal funds to states that aren’t managed well, which has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. He is referring of course to the Democratic run states such as California, New York among others who are in extreme financial debt.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McKennany weighed in when speaking with reporters in Washington D.C.:
“If she becomes serious, then we can have a discussion here, but when you lower your offer $2.2 trillion, and you ask for direct payments to illegal immigrants, and you ask for certain deportation forgivenesses in your offer, it’s not a serious offer. What we are talking about here is relief for the American people, for American citizens, not direct payments for illegal immigrants.”
It’s been seven months since the first stimulus package, the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, was signed into law and stimulus checks began being disbursed to Americans to help them stay afloat. That money is spent and many people are still unemployed and in need of more stimulus money.
President Trump signed and passed the Paycheck Protection Program and the U.S. Postal Service package in order to help boost the economy — which is now rebounding better than expected by most ‘experts’ — but many need stimulus checks to pay rent as the economy is still on hold.