President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Democrats of opposing another round of stimulus payments to Americans who are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A second stimulus bill remains stalled in Congress as Democrats and Republicans argue over the size and range of the package, with leading Democrats in the House recently rejecting a bill providing $1.5 trillion in aid, including a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans.
“Democrats are ‘heartless,’” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “They don’t want to give STIMULUS PAYMENTS to people who desperately need the money, and whose fault it was NOT that the plague came in from China. Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!).”
The president also tweeted that “vaccines,” presumably for the coronavirus, “are moving along fast and safely!”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday that although the bill had “useful” and “important ideas,” it didn’t provide enough to help the economy recover.
“We believe that getting to a compromise is absolutely essential,” Hoyer said. “Getting to a compromise that does not deal with the problems, however, is not useful, because the longer you delay addressing many of the problems, the greater you weaken both the economy and the response to COVID-19.”
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