Trump Says to Congress, “Clean Up The Stimulus Bill Or I Will Not Sign It!”
Hearing that Trump was promising to sign a stimulus, the lawmakers decided that giving checks to Americans out of work was not a priority, instead they took a bill, gave the minimum amount to the citizens and stuffed the bill full of pork. What they had not counted on was the outrage of Americans, Trump listened, said, “Clean it up or I will not sign it into law!”
“The bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated,” Trump said in a video posted on his Twitter account. “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.”
“It’s called the Covid relief bill but it has almost nothing to do with Covid,” the president noted.
The final $900 billion stimulus deal passed both chambers of Congress on Monday night with overwhelming support, with the Senate voting 92-to-6 to pass it and the House voting 359-to-53. Around $166 billion of the package will be used for the second round of direct payments.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders all favored the president’s proposal for $2,000 direct payments over the $600 that Congress has suggested in its $900 billion plan.
Trump then listed numerous allocations to foreign countries, $40 million for the Kennedy Center in Washington and additional millions for research projects – as well as other non-Covid-related objectives.
The also president lamented that the bill also failed to provide substantial aid to restaurants and small businesses.
Trump criticized Congress members for failing to even read the massive bill before passing it quickly in the last hours before the Christmas holiday.
He criticized the billions appropriated for aid to countries like Cambodia, Burma, Egypt, countries in Central America, and even $25 million for “democracy and gender programs” in Pakistan.
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries and lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” Trump said
Trump demanded that Congress send a better coronavirus aid package, suggesting that he might not sign it.
“I am 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,” he concluded.
The outrage over the pork in the bill, where illegals were given more money than citizens, had many Americans outraged, and rightfully so; the president listened to this outrage, told Congress to clean it up, the question is, “Will they listen
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