Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump’s Bluff With $2k Direct Stimulus Promise

After Donald Trump issued a public challenge to Congress to amend the spending bill to increase direct stimulus payments from $600 to $2000 per citizen, Nancy Pelosi is calling his bluff. She says House Democrats will be happy to pass a $2k direct stimulus payment.

Pelosi calls Trump's bluff on 2k stimulus
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Congress has passed a bill that includes COVID-19 relief, after months and months of American citizens waiting and pleading with the government to work for the people who have suffered financially during this pandemic. However, it’s not the first effort elected officials have made, by any means. Newsweek reported in October on the efforts by the House to pass COVID-19 relief that could also make it through the Senate, after the HEROES act (with direct stimulus payments) died on Mitch McConnell’s desk, and a new effort at relief headed toward the same fate.

What finally passed was fated to disappoint: the bill includes $600 direct stimulus payments, and while many Americans are desperate for this aid, there’s also widespread frustration that this is all taxpayers get, at the end of a full year with only one other direct payment. Donald Trump capitalized on that frustration Tuesday, posting a video in which he demands Congress amend the bill to include payments of $2k, increase aid to small businesses, and get rid of some of the other items in the bill — “or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package, and maybe that administration will be me.”

Spoiler: according to the voters and the electoral college, the next administration will not be Donald Trump.

However, if Trump was merely seeking to delay the legislation for his own reasons, Nancy Pelosi was ready for him and is calling his bluff. She issued a response, saying that if the President and Republicans are ready to agree to a $2,000 direct payment, so is she — “Let’s do it!”

She later tweeted again, saying that Trump should urge Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy to agree to a unanimous consent request for $2k payments — “This can be done by noon on Christmas Eve!”

According to Business Insider, Mitch McConnell is said to be now in favor of a direct stimulus payment, out of fears that the lack thereof could hurt Republicans’ chances in the Senate runoffs in Georgia. If Trump rejects the bill, and causes a delay, McConnell’s position of power could be on the chopping block, in turn.

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