Coronavirus stimulus checks: President Trump calls for more direct payments after derailing negotiations, Pelosi responds

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President Trump called for another round of coronavirus stimulus checks to Americans after calling off stimulus negotiations with Democrats on Tuesday afternoon.

“If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY,” the president said in a tweet on Tuesday evening. “I am ready to sign right now.”

On Wednesday morning, President Trump added to his push for a standalone bill on stimulus checks, tweeting: “Move Fast, I Am Waiting To Sign!”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who has been trying to craft legislation that could pass both the Democratic-controlled House and GOP-controlled Senate — said on Wednesday that the president is rebounding from the “mistake” he made on Tuesday.

“It’s hard to see any clear sane path on what he’s doing but the fact is he saw the political downside of his statement of walking away from the negotiations,” Pelosi told ABC in response to Trump’s latest comments. “He’s rebounding from a terrible mistake he made yesterday.”

Asked about stimulus checks specifically, Pelosi told NBC: “All the president wants is his name on a check and that doesn’t — we’re here to honor our heroes, crush the virus, put money in the pockets of the American people, beyond a check with his name on it.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke to Pelosi on Wednesday morning about a standalone bill for roughly $25 billion in relief for airlines but she noted that “Republicans blocked that bill on Friday” and asked him to review Rep. Peter DeFazio’s (D-Ore.) bill. The president’s wishes for standalone bills also include funding for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) related to small businesses. Talks are still ongoing.

The updated HEROES Act

The Democrats’ latest $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus proposal — which passed the House last week — includes $436 billion for state and local governments, $282 billion for education and child care, a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks, an extra $600 of unemployment benefits through January, and other provisions.

The president called the updated HEROES Act a “$2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19,” in a tweet thread on Tuesday.

The updated HEROES Act still has a much higher price tag than the White House’s roughly $1.6 trillion proposal — even though Pelosi said the White House’s latest proposal stood at $1.3 trillion, according to CNN’s Manu Raju.

Sticking points for any deal between the White House and Democrats include extra unemployment benefits, funding for schools, aid for state and local governments, child care support, funding for increased testing and tracing, and funding for other appropriations.

The president previously urged Republicans to “go for the much higher numbers” than their $300 billion stimulus proposal which was rejected in the Senate. However, after a call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Mnuchin, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) earlier on Tuesday, he called for ending the talks.

McConnell previously referred to the updated HEROES Act as “another multi-trillion dollar far-left wish list with virtually all the same non-COVID-related poison pills as their last unserious bill.”

6 thoughts on “Coronavirus stimulus checks: President Trump calls for more direct payments after derailing negotiations, Pelosi responds

  1. “Second check is coming.”
    “Second check is NOT coming.”
    This is their delighting in sadism, for surely it tortures the poor, as it tortures all non-communists who understand what “stimulus” really is. Check, no check. Every day flip flop. Sadism.


  2. I am honestly amazed that the White House didn’t have a mob of people with pitchforks and torches assembled when the “Cares Act” passed. Two-hundred and fifty billion went towards “stimulus checks” for the people, while the rest went to everything but helping the people. No one is talking about how much further the dollar (worthless fiat currency) has been further devalued (as if it ever had any worth to begin with). All these “stimulus packages” just add more and more to the national debt (imaginary of course as it was created from fiat currency). The economic collapse and the resulting food shortages are coming sooner than people think.

    1. Their isn’t a food shortage, its a fk you shortage. The food is there, its just that Americans aren’t getting it.

      Cattle , hogs and chickens are being shipped off shore much of which is being locked down into storage areas, deep freeze locations, underground hideouts all over the globe.

      The cattle trucks are rolling like greased lightning out here, the reefer trucks are all over the goddamn place. Dry vans are counted by the hundreds of thousands.

      We are being given the finger…

      I’ve got 41,000 lbs of beef on right now going to Houston out of Chicago, guess whats close to Houston? Ports….

      Why the fk would you ship beef to Texas? Unless its going on a slow boat to China?

        1. yeah, you got me there, but South America grows huge amounts of everything, huge…

          there is still huge crops here too, but yes, much has been destroyed, we do lots of potatoes in northwest, southern california fruits is huge.. Corn all over the friggen country. The destruction has been made to look worse than it really is.

          it would make sense they would play up the crop destruction .

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