All eyes are on McConnell after President Trump hammered the Coronavirus relief bill and called it a disgrace.
I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple,” Trump said in a video posted on Twitter.
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” Trump said.
“They were only given a deduction for others to use in business, their restaurant, for two years,” Trump added. “This two year period must be withdrawn, which will allow the owners to obtain financing and get their restaurants back in condition.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.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
Many were shocked when Pelosi agreed to cooperate with the President.
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! https://t.co/Th4sztrpLV
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2020
There is all sorts of nonsense in the current bill, Congress snuck in $8 million to Joe Biden.
The Covid relief package provides $8 million to support Biden’s presidential transition https://t.co/4a3uFqoz3Z
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 22, 2020
Oh and here’s this nugget Rep. Ilhan Omar is excited about, it extends green cards.
The bill also extends the deadline for Liberian-Americans to apply for green cards another year—a victory for many in my district. 💪🏽
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) December 21, 2020
I don’t want to hear one word from Senate Republicans complaining about these payouts to Americans. They didn’t have any problem with recklessly spending American taxpayer’s money overseas they shouldn’t have a problem giving Americans their money back.
The bill itself should be vetoed and President Trump should demand a clean bill but chances of that happening are almost impossible. As the President said this bill is a complete disgrace it’s wonderful to see President Trump continuing to fight for Americans.
The amount of spending going on though is insane and if you want to know what a Joe Biden administration is going to look like just read the current COVID “relief” bill. Except for next time (unless Republicans successfully contest the election), no one is going to be there to stand for the American people.
To show we aren’t nitpicking below is a list of countries receiving aid:
- $169,739,000 to Vietnam, including $19 million to remediate dioxins (page 1476).
- Unspecified funds to “continue support for not-for-profit institutions of higher education in Kabul, Afghanistan that are accessible to both women and men in a coeducational environment” (page 1477).
- $198,323,000 to Bangladesh, including $23.5 million to support Burmese refugees and $23.3 million for “democracy programs” (page 1485).
- $130,265,000 to Nepal for “development and democracy programs” (page 1485).
- Pakistan: $15 million for “democracy programs” and $10 million for “gender programs” (page 1486).
- Sri Lanka: Up to $15 million “for the refurbishing of a high endurance cutter,” which is a type of patrol boat (page 1489).
- $505,925,000 to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to “address key factors that contribute to the migration of unaccompanied, undocumented minors to the United States” (pages 1490-1491).
- $461,375,000 to Colombia for programs related to counternarcotics and human rights (pages 1494-1496).
- $74.8 million to the “Caribbean Basin Security Initiative” (page 1498).
- $33 million “for democracy programs for Venezuela” (page 1498).
- Unspecified amount to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Curacao, and Trinidad and Tobago “for assistance for communities in countries supporting or otherwise impacted by refugees from Venezuela” (page 1499).
- $132,025,000 “for assistance for Georgia” (page 1499).
- $453 million “for assistance for Ukraine” (page 1500).