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GOP Senator Wants Donald Trump to Veto COVID-19 Aid Bill Without Additional Stimulus Payments

GOP Senator Wants Donald Trump to Veto COVID-19 Aid Bill Without Additional Stimulus Payments

Lawmakers on both sides of the political fray are expressing their opposition to another COVID-19 financial relief bill that does not include an additional round of $1,200 stimulus payments.

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Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that “it is unacceptable that the proposal does not even do what the CARES Act did and provide, at the very least, a $1,200 direct payment to working-class Americans and $500 for their kids. Tens of millions of Americans living in desperation today would receive absolutely no financial help from this proposal. That is not acceptable.”

Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ former presidential campaign manager, said that “getting the $1,200 direct payments to workers during this unprecedented crisis should be a slam dunk. Sen. Hawley seems to understand that, and Sen. Sanders will talk to anyone to get this done.”

Similarly, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted on Friday that “COVID relief needs to directly help everyday people. People need stimulus checks & UI.”

“Canada did $2,000/monthly,” AOC tweeted shortly thereafter. “The US is the richest nation on earth and a 2nd stimulus check is getting blocked bc GOP want corporate bailouts & austerity in ‘exchange’ for it. Maybe if everyone in the US incorporated as an LLC, Mitch McConnell would actually do something for them.”

That sentiment crossed over into Republican ranks on Monday.

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Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has encouraged President Donald Trump to veto any proposal that does not include direct payments to cash-strapped American families, Politico reported on Monday.

“I said, ‘I think it’s vital that any relief include direct payments, and I’m not gonna vote for it if it doesn’t.’ And I also urged him to veto any bill that did not have direct payments in it,” Hawley recalled in an interview.

“We had a good conversation about it. And, you know, a pretty thorough conversation. He asked a number of questions about the state of play of the different proposals. And I think it’s fair to say that he was surprised at the direction that some of these were headed,” said Hawley, who added that helping individuals should be prioritized over corporate entities.

“Working families and individuals ought to be first for COVID relief, and then we’ll talk about everything else. I see some of these comments about ‘well, we just don’t have any money left over,’” Hawley said. “We don’t have money left over for people? We can give it to state governments, to businesses, but we don’t have any money for people? I just think that’s crazy.”

Meanwhile, the White House stated that Trump is fully cognizent of the immediate importance of getting money into the pockets of struggling Americans.

“President Trump understands that Americans are hurting and need relief, which is why the White House continues to engage with those in congressional leadership who are serious about moving quickly to approve billions in aid,” Judd Deere, a spokesman for the Trump Administration, told Politico.

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