Nancy Pelosi slammed for 'ignoring concerns of Americans' and 'leveraging them against Trump'
THE House Minority Leader slammed Nancy Pelosi accusing her of "ignoring concerns of Americans" and "leveraging them against [Donald] Trump."
In a tweet, Kevin McCarthy said Democrats "appear to be suffering from selective hearing," after President Trump called on Congress to raise the Covid stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.
"Democrats appear to be suffering from selective hearing. They've conveniently ignored @realDonaldTrump's call to reexamine tax dollars wasted overseas while so many Americans are struggling at home.
"Republicans will act to put America first," McCarthy wrote.
The minority leader also attached a letter to his Republican colleagues, asserting that GOP members have tried to pass a stimulus bill more than 40 times.
He said each time, "Speaker Pelosi has ignored our fellow citizens, saying 'nothing is better than something.'"
In the letter, McCarthy wrote that Republicans should follow Trump's lead and "reexamine how our tax dollars are spent overseas" after the president challenged Congress to remove "unnecessary" funding.
"Our government's top priority must be our families, communities, and small businesses as we get through this pandemic and restore our country," McCarthy wrote.
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted out a video demanding saying he would not accept the $900billion bipartisan relief bill that passed on Monday in both the House and Senate, calling it "a disgrace".
"It really is a disgrace," he said in a video he tweeted.
"I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple.
"I'm also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and just send me a suitable bill."
After Trump's announcement, Pelosi took to Twitter to reiterate her support for higher payments.
"Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks," she wrote.
"At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!"
Her Democratic counterpart in the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, blasted Trump over the speech and said Democrats had offered the direct payments months ago.
"We spent months trying to secure $2K checks but Republicans blocked it. Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open and we're glad to pass more aid Americans need," Schumer said.
"Maybe Trump can finally make himself useful and get Republicans not to block it again."
Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent figure on the left of the party, added on twitter: "Let’s do it.
"[Congresswoman] Rashida Tlaib and I already co-wrote the COVID amendment for $2,000 checks, so it’s ready to go.
"We can pass $2k checks this week if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down."
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