Trump Signs COVID Relief Bill, Says More Money Needed

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On Sunday night, President Trump signed the $2.3 trillion pandemic relief and spending bill after reaching an agreement with Congress over stimulus checks, Section 230, and voter fraud, the White House said.

“As President of the United States it is my responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship that was caused by the China Virus,” Trump said in a statement. The signed bill includes the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, including various means of financial aid.

President Trump signed the legislation citing the need to assist many Americans oppressed in blue states. “I understand that many small businesses have been forced to close as a result of harsh actions by Democrat-run states. Many people are back to work, but my job is not done until everyone is back to work.”

Image Courtesy of The New York Times; 12/28/2020

A study by the University of California Santa Cruz demonstrated that the businesses hardest hit by COVID restrictions occurred in regions with democrat majorities, “Regional estimates indicate that the Northeast and West experienced larger losses than the Midwest and South, but these differences generally do not contribute to demographic differences.” The west coast has experienced some of the most restrictive measures against businesses to date. The study found that businesses in the West experienced losses of 18 percent while experiencing the lowest increase in business owners of 3 percent.

“I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child,” Trump stated. Democrats have applauded the President’s actions while simultaneously working to drum up support for the stimulus checks.

“I will vote yes by proxy,” Representative Rick Larsen (CD2) signified, regarding the $2,000 stimulus increases. Congressman Larsen suspected infection by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus after receiving a positive test for COVID-19 on December 22nd. He stated no symptoms and quarantined himself from his wife and family over Christmas due to the positive test. Representative Larsen, attended by his wife, spent Christmas enjoying wifi, music, and bird watching.

President Trump spent this Christmas pressuring lawmakers to review spending in the omnibus component of the bill that he believes is “wasteful” and “unnecessary.” Trump explained his reasons for the delay in signing the bill, saying, “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’.”

Some Republican lawmakers have opposed the bill as the additional stimulus’s price tag could reach almost $500 billion.

The President intends to use the Impoundment Control Act to demand payments increase to $2,000 while removing “wasteful spending” from the relief bill. The act allows the President to make demands to Congress, but it must ultimately be decided by Congress whether to accept the demands and vote on the rescissions.

The House is scheduled to vote on the measure to include the additional payments on Monday evening.

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