President Trump is right to oppose the new coronavirus aid package, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas Wednesday, calling it just the latest example of “irresponsible swamp” spending out of Washington, DC.
Trump denounced the recently passed $ 900 billion COVID-19 aid package as a “disgrace” on Tuesday night and urged Congress to change the bill and increase the amount of direct payments to Americans.
“This bill is an irresponsible swamp law. It’s the merger of an omnibus law that’s full of typically wasteful expenses, on top of an emergency that contains lots of things that frankly aren’t all aimed at relief,” Roy said in “Fox & Friends. calling on lawmakers to include expenditures for Pakistan, Sudan and other countries while schools in the US are closed and small businesses are not allowed to fully operate.
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Roy said it is a “classic democratic process” to want to increase direct payments to individuals to $ 2,000 and pass the same legislation a second time, but argued that the whole bill should be resolved.
“The president has the right to call BS on this ridiculous account. Both sides are to blame. … The American people don’t want just another check, they want us to do our job as they should when they are in their kitchen. table and small businesses must do when they try to make ends meet and the US leadership in Washington refuses to do what they need to do, ”said Roy, who was reelected last month to represent a district in the Austin area.
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“I ask Congress to change this bill and raise the ridiculously low $ 600 to $ 2,000, or $ 4,000 for a few,” Trump said in a video on Twitter. Trump argued that the emergency relief bill as it stands, which is included in $ 1.4 trillion in omnibus spending, “has almost nothing to do with COVID.”
“Congress found a lot of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people that needed it,” Trump said.
He noted that small businesses, especially restaurants, have not been getting enough money after their owners “suffered so badly”.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republicans “repeatedly refused to say what amount the president wanted for direct checks,” and applauded the president for urging more money to be used for stimulus checks to the American people.
“Finally the president has agreed to $ 2,000,” Pelosi wrote. “Let’s do it!”
Pelosi added that Democrats would be ready to vote on an amendment this week by “unanimous agreement”.
Lucas Manfredi of Fox News contributed to this report.