Democrats Push $2,000 ‘Survival Checks’ to Make Up for the ‘Woefully Inadequate’ $5 Trillion Federal Relief Effort
The United States government has gone through a nearly unprecedented fiscal expansion to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic and related business shutdowns. The roughly $5 trillion in relief funds approved by Congress dwarfs the federal government’s response to the Great Recession.
You wouldn’t know this from listening to the country’s progressive lawmakers who are now pushing for $2,000 “survival checks” for all Americans to make up for this heartlessly stingy multi-trillion federal relief effort.
As soon as President Donald Trump signed the $908 billion Response and Relief Act on Sunday—which included $600 stimulus payments for both adults and their children, in addition to billions in unemployment benefits, small business aid, and emergency rental assistance—Democrats lobbied for more.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 28, 2020
At a time when so many people are facing economic desperation, the $600 direct payment is a step forward – but it’s not enough. We need to increase that direct payment to $2000. Biden wants it, Trump wants it, Pelosi wants it, Schumer wants it. Now, Congress must vote to do it.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 28, 2020
On Christmas Eve, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.), alongside Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D–Mich.), Pramila Jayapal (D–Wash.), Ilhan Omar (D–Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (D–Mass.) unveiled legislation which would provide $2,000 checks for adults, plus $600 for children. That money would help correct for the “woefully inadequate relief” provided to Americans thus far during the pandemic, the quintet of lawmakers said in their press release.
The progressive “squad” is not alone in being disappointed with this new relief law.
Trump briefly threatened to sink this latest round of legislation unless it included $2,000 stimulus payments (plus some marginal cuts to foreign aid) saw most Democrats jump on the issue, with both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) expressing support.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 23, 2020
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
On Sunday, Pelosi went so far as to describe the almost $1-trillion-dollar relief legislation she helped craft as “a down payment on what is needed to crush the virus, put money in the pockets of the American people and honor our heroes.”
On Monday evening, the Democrat-controlled House passed a proposal backed by Pelosi to increase the individual payments in the Response and Relief Act to $2,000 for both adults and children. Tha
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