‘Get rid of the pork!’ Trump stands determined to take care of American people, Biden urges signature

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President Donald Trump remains determined to ensure that the American people are better taken care of than initially intended in the massive $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed last week by Congress, along with a $1.4 trillion catchall spending bill.

Having called the 5,500 page monstrosity of a bill a “disgrace,” saying it “has almost nothing to do with COVID,” the president called out “wasteful” spending on foreign aid and other things and said the $600 stimulus checks included were “ridiculously low,” calling for $2,000 per individual and $4,000 per couple.

 

With unemployment benefits set to expire for millions of Americans and a shutdown of the government looming, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tried to take credit for the $2,000 stimulus checks while attempting to pass a unanimous consent bill on Thursday. Republicans objected and the speaker will attempt a standalone bill on the floor Monday.

With pressure building on all sides from his refusal to sign the measure, Trump took to social media late Saturday to share a video he posted last week panning the relief package, adding: “Increase payments to the people, get rid of the ‘pork.'”

The federal government could shut down at midnight Monday if the combined $2.3 trillion bill is not signed, and an eviction moratorium is set to expire on Dec. 31.

Tweeting throughout the day Saturday about the “stolen” election, Trump ripped the Supreme Court as “totally incompetent and weak” and called on Republican Senators “to step up and fight for the Presidency.”

He also said lockdowns “in Democrat-run states are absolutely ruining the lives of so many people,” and posted a second tweet about increasing stimulus checks.

The president traveled to his Mar-A-Lago resort in South Florida for the Christmas holidays and the corrupt media establishment was quick to go on the attack when he played a round of golf — as if they need an excuse.

Meanwhile, the media’s candidate for president, Joe Biden, took advantage of the opportunity to act authoritative, urging Trump to sign the relief bill.

In a statement released Saturday, Biden talked about how “millions of families don’t know if they’ll be able to make ends meet,” warning of “devastating consequences” coming from Trump’s “abdication of responsibility.”

“Delay means more small businesses won’t survive this dark winter because they lack access to the lifeline they need, and Americans face further delays in getting the direct payments they deserve as quickly as possible to help deal with the economic devastation caused by COVID-19,” Biden said.

It would appear Democrats have a lot of faith in how much $600 can do.

“This bill is critical,” he added, saying it was “a first step and down payment on more action that we’ll need to take early in the new year.”

“In November, the American people spoke clearly that now is a time for bipartisan action and compromise,” Biden concluded. “I was heartened to see members of Congress heed that message, reach across the aisle, and work together. President Trump should join them, and make sure millions of Americans can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads in this holiday season.”

Tom Tillison

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