Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt to pass $2,000 direct payments to struggling Americans. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif blocked the measure by not approving the unanimous consent. The $2,000 payment is not dead yet but will have to wait until Monday for a full House vote.
These last four years, we’ve been wondering what it would take for the rest of the GOP to not fall in lock-step with Trump. Turns out, the line in the sand was giving money to people who desperately need it. Every other developed nation is helping their citizens. How is this acceptable to you guys? There would be riots in Europe.
Anyone who plans to vote against this should be required to wait in food lines with their constituents. Also never forget the time Paul Ryan staged washing dishes at a soup kitchen after they’d already been washed.
Democrats fight back
“If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction,” Pelosi said.
In response to President Trump’s disapproval of the $908-billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement:
“In America today, millions of Americans are facing economic desperation and need help now. I have been calling on Congress for months to pass legislation to provide every working class American with $2,000 a month until the pandemic ends. Now that Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and President Trump have all indicated strong support for a $2,000 direct payment the ball is in Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s court. I say to Senator McConnell: Let the Senate vote immediately on a stand-alone bill to provide a $2,000 direct payment for the working class and $4,000 for couples. If no Republican objects to that bill, it could pass by unanimous consent today.”
Sanders is the co-author, with Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), of the MONTHLY ECONOMIC CRISIS SUPPORT ACT. This act would provide $2,000 direct monthly payments to working-class Americans for the duration of the pandemic.