Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) on Saturday ripped into President Donald Trump for threatening to veto the latest COVID-19 economic stimulus package unless direct payments to the American people are increased from $600 to $2,000.
“First of all, Democrats would love to have $2,000 to all of our families. We fought very hard for $1,200. We wanted at least what we had in the CARES Act. The president and his negotiator [Treasury Secretary Steven] Mnuchin and the Republicans refused it. They didn’t want any money and we had to beg and plead and fight and leverage to get $600,” Waters said in an interview on CNN.
Waters, the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, accused Trump of playing games. She also went after Senate Republicans for their cowardly aversion to standing up to the president.
“Then, out of the blue, the president came out and said he wanted $2,000. I don’t know what kind of game he’s playing. I don’t know what the Republicans are going to do but you know, they’re all frightened of him and he’s intimidated them,” the 15-term Congresswoman said. “They don’t have any guts. So, let’s see if he’s going to make them come up with support for the $2,000. I don’t know what’s happening over there. I don’t know what kind of politics the president is playing.”
Click here to watch Waters’ interview via CNN.
The House of Representatives will vote on a stand-alone bill authorizing the $2,000 payments on Monday. If it fails in the Senate, and Trump still refuses to sign or vetoes the original legislation, the federal government will shut down on Tuesday.
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