While negotiating COVID-19 relief, most Republicans stood in opposition to a new stimulus check, but there was a compromise for a smaller $600 payment. Donald Trump, however, blew up the “disgraceful” deal and pledged to get Americans more money. After Trump’s meddling, the majority of GOP lawmakers have chosen to stay silent on the matter.
Rand Paul, though, is never one to stay quiet. The Kentucky senator is always wiling to throw his two cents in, no matter how unpopular his opinion. Paul is not only against a larger stimulus, he is against giving Americans another check at all.
The Kentucky senator told reporters, “I think giving money to people, though, who are already working—look, my kids are working and don’t need a check. They’re not rich, but they don’t need a check. And most working Americans don’t need a check right now.”
Missouri’s Roy Blunt thinks Trump should just sign the bill as it is. He said Thursday, “There’s been some apparent misunderstanding about what’s in the regular appropriating bill and what’s in the COVID relief bill, and generally the regular appropriating bill includes things the administration asked for,.It took us a long time to get to where we are. I think reopening that bill would be a mistake.”
After spending some time with President @realDonaldTrump today, I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 26, 2020
Trump’s biggest supporter in the senate, Lindsey Graham, thinks adding additional funds is simple. He tweeted on Christmas day, “After spending some time with President Donald Trump today, I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection.”
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