July 27, 2021

AOC and Pelosi push to take up President Trump on his offer for $2,000 stimulus checks

After President Trump signaled he may not sign the $900 billion stimulus deal and demanded larger stimulus checks, key Democrats are getting ready to put his idea up for a vote on Thursday.“Mr. President, sign the bill to keep government open! Urge McConnell and McCarthy to agree with the Democratic unanimous consent request for $2,000 direct payments!” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a tweet on Wednesday morning. “This can be done by noon on Christmas Eve!”Pelosi was quick to respond to the president’s demand, saying “at last, the President has agreed to $2,000” on Tuesday evening. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined in, too, saying they already had the provision the president demands in a bill, co-written by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and it’s “ready to go.”“Glad to see the President is willing to support our legislation,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet on Tuesday evening. “We can pass $2k checks this week if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down.”UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 05: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, pose for a group photo of House Democrats in the Capitol Visitor Center, who plan to wear "suffragette white" to the State of the Union address to show solidarity for women’s agendas on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, pose for a group photo of House Democrats in the Capitol Visitor Center, who plan to wear “suffragette white” to the State of the Union address to show solidarity for women’s agendas on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)In a video posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday, President Trump criticized the stimulus checks under the current legislation and asked Congress to amend the bill to “increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple.” The direct payments are up to $600 per individual and $600 per child under the bill.The final $900 billion stimulus deal passed both chambers of Congress on Monday night with overwhelming support, with the Senate voting 92-to-6 to pass it and the House voting 359-to-53. Around $166 billion of the package will be used for the second round of direct payments.President Trump surprised Congressional negotiators after the bill passed by specifying a desired amount on stimulus checks.“In the bipartisan negotiations, Leader Schumer and I repeatedly asked Republicans what would be the highest number the President would accept for direct payments

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