UPDATE: All Trump wants for Christmas is to give law-abiding American citizens more money
by Jon Fleetwood | December 23, 2020
UPDATE: (Dec. 28)
House passes bill increasing stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000, in line with President Trump's request, according to The Blaze.
The House of Representatives passed legislation Monday that would boost the $600 direct payments to some Americans under the recently signed COVID-19 relief package to $2,000, keeping in line with President Donald Trump's demand to Congress that the checks meet that mark.
But all eyes are now on the Republican-led Senate, where several GOP members have expressed resistance to raising the amount of the stimulus payments out of concern for the mounting federal debt, The Blaze reports.
UPDATE: (Dec. 26)
President Donald Trump has insisted that Americans receive $2,000 COVID relief stimulus checks.
"I simply want to get our great people $2,000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill. Also, stop the billions of dollars in ‘pork,’" Trump tweeted.
The Epoch Times reports "The president apparently was referring to the personally motivated spending in the COVID relief and Omnibus spending bill which was passed in the House and the Senate."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.), who spent Christmas golfing with Trump, confirmed the President is "more determined than ever" to increase the check amount from $600 to $2,000.
"After spending some time with President @realDonaldTrump today, I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2,000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection,” Graham said on Twitter.
"Both are reasonable demands, and I hope Congress is listening. The biggest winner would be the American people," Graham added.
UPDATE: (Dec. 24)
BREAKING: Newsmax reports House Republicans vote 'no' no Trump's request to raise stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.
According to The Independent, "Donald Trump was defied by his own party in Congress on Thursday, as Republicans in the House of Representatives struck down a Democrat-backed attempt to increase the amount of aid handed to Americans as part of the latest Covid relief package, which he said on Tuesday did not go far enough."
President Donald Trump is asking Congress to more than triple relief checks to the American people.
“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 he posted on Twitter.
Even Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed with the President in a tweet. "Let's do it!" she said.
Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Mn.) also agreed, tweeting "We need to send a clean bill with just $2,000 survival checks and a separate spending/covid relief bill." "[S]ince Trump wants to sign a bill with survival checks," Ilhan continued, "let's send one to his desk right away."
Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) got behind the President too, tweeting "Now, Mr. President, get Mitch McConnell and your Republican friends to stop opposing it and we can provide working class Americans with $2,000. Let's do it."
Democrats blocked COVID relief over the summer “in an effort to advance their extreme Left-wing agenda and influence the election,” stated the President.
Negotiations for a new stimulus package began months ago. “It’s taken forever,” said the President.
But Trump was not happy with the new bill. He called it a “disgrace” and “wasteful,” in part because “nobody in Congress has read [the bill] because of its length and complexity,” Trump lamented.
The more than 5,000-page bill diverts money to assist efforts that have “almost nothing to do with COVID” and which benefit foreign countries, not Americans.
This is where the US Congress wanted to spend billions of US taxpayers' dollars:
$85.5 million for assistance to Cambodia
$134 million to Burma
$1.3 billion for Egypt and the Egyptian military “which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment”
$25 million for democracy and gender programs in Pakistan
$505 million to Belize, Costa Rita, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama
$40 million for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC “which is not even open for business”
$1 billion for the Smithsonian
$154 million for the National Gallery of Art, which like the Smithsonian is “essentially not open”
$7 million for Reef Fish management
$25 million to combat Asian carp
$2.5 million to count the number of Amber Jackfish in the Gulf of Mexico
A provision to promote the breeding of fish in federal hatcheries
$3 million in poultry production technology
$2 million to research the impact of downed trees
$566 million for construction projects at the FBI
The bill would also allow stimulus checks to be sent to illegal aliens, “allowing them to get up to $1,800 each. This is far more than the Americans are given,” said the President.
This $900 billion bill provides Americans with only $600 each. “And not enough money is given to small businesses,” the President added.
Trump continued to point out the absurdity of sending billions of struggling Americans’ own money to foreign countries and gender programs.
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists, and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it. It wasn’t their fault. It was China's fault. Not their fault,” said the President.
Trump also asked Congress to get rid of the “wasteful and unnecessary” items from the legislation and to send him a “suitable” bill.
Trump concluded, “Or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package, and maybe that administration will be me. And we will get it done."