Biden says stimulus deal with second round of checks WILL be agreed once Trump leaves office
JOE BIDEN said a stimulus deal with a second round of checks will be agreed once President Donald Trump leaves office.
Speaking at a virtual discussion hosted with front-line workers on Wednesday, Biden suggested Republicans have resisted stimulus demands from Dems out of fear of “retribution from the president”.
“Hopefully, when he’s gone, they will be more willing to do what they know should be done – has to be done – in order to save the communities they live in,” Biden said.
Republicans and Democrats are negotiating a $2trillion package that includes $1,200 stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, small business aid, and state and local funding
However, the major issues that come in the way of an agreement have to do with education funding, money allocated toward state and local government, coronavirus testing and unemployment benefits.
On Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer delivered a breath of fresh air to the nation thanks to a “breakthrough” in stimulus talks between Dems and Republicans.
Schumer claimed Republicans are “eager for a deal” and added that “he wants a stimulus bill done as soon as possible”.
The Democratic senator said he hopes for the bill to pass even if it is in a lame-duck session of Congress and expect another bill to be pushed under the Biden administration in 2021.
After Schumer’s optimistic remarks, Republicans slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and said she is the only “roadblock” causing a delay in a Covid relief bill and stimulus checks.
Speaking during a Thursday press conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the 80-year-old politician as many Americans have been banking on a second round of stimulus checks.
“Thing are still at the same place. There’s one roadblock,” McCarthy told his audience.
“There’s one big wall that’s stopped this the entire time and it’s Speaker Pelosi.”
McCarthy blasted Pelosi the day after the United States coronavirus death toll reached a grim milestone of 250,000.
He added: “I would think after the politics she played and the election being over, that she’d now put the American public first.
“She still seems to be in the same position.”
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also had some words to say about the Dems as he spoke on the Senate floor.
“We still want to pass more coronavirus relief for the American people,” McConnell said.
“Instead, our Democratic colleagues have spent months, literally months, holding all of that urgent help hostage over unrelated left-win wish-list items.”
On Tuesday, McConnell dismissed the Democrats HEROES Act as “unserious” and claimed the Dems plan is so flawed it was “condemned by the Speaker’s own moderate Democrats the instant she put it out."
“Huge tax cuts for rich people in blue states, but no second round of Paycheck Protection Program? Those are their priorities?” he added.
He continued his attack on the Democrat’s relief bill saying, “Another Democrat demand that’s blocked bipartisan aid: The fixation on massive slush fund for state & city govt’s unlinked from Covid need.
“Some states are taking in more tax revenue this fall than they did before the pandemic. It’s struggling families who need urgent help,” he said.
The Senate Majority Leader went on to claim Republicans have “tried for weeks” to pass another stimulus package.
"Republicans have tried for weeks to pass another targeted rescue package. It would send hundreds of billions of dollars to schools, unemployment aid, another round of the job-saving PPP, and healthcare.
“Democrats repeatedly blocked it all. Let’s hope they let us make law soon.”
All of the most significant stimulus programs featured in the CARES Act are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
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