By Duncan Smith
President Trump is ready to provide Americans with a new round of stimulus money to help offset bills and other expenses incurred during the coronavirus shutdowns.
But the party whose governors are most responsible for the enduring shutdowns — that would be Democrats — are holding up the checks.
On Friday, the president said he has directed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to prepare to send out as much as $1,200 apiece to most Americans.
Now, all they need is for Democrats to jump on board and pass legislation in the House authorizing the expenditures.
The Epoch Times has more details:
'I have directed @stevenmnuchin1 to get ready to send direct payments ($3,400 for family of four) to all Americans,' Trump wrote at around noon. 'DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!'
Trump later said in a news conference at the White House that he is 'waiting for the Democrats' in Congress and won't act independently to issue an executive order.
Both Republicans and Democrats support sending $1,200 stimulus checks in the next relief package, which means that a family of four could get $3,400.
However, the White House and top Democratic negotiators, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), have not met on pandemic relief talks since last week. This week, there was little sign that either side would offer any concessions.
It means that the high-stakes impasse might spill over into September, putting at risk the stimulus checks, expanded unemployment payments, small business loans, funding to state and city governments, and more. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) confirmed that senators have left Washington until September but will be called to return to the Capitol if there is a change of a relief deal.
'We will have our regular pro forma meetings through the end of the state work period. If the speaker of the House and the Minority Leader of the Senate decide to finally let another package move forward for workers and for families, it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than scheduled,' McConnell stated on the floor.
What’s the Democrat hold-up?
They want a trillion bucks to bail out their Democrat states that have been run so poorly for decades that they’re broke.
Democrats in Congress also want nationwide mail-in balloting so they can steal elections at will.
Trump is saying no. Republicans are saying now.
And Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats are saying no to American citizens by holding up their relief money with inappropriate, unrelated demands.
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