“It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don’t know if they’ll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority,” said President-elect Joe Biden in a statement released on Saturday.
So Joe Biden is blaming President Trump, for having the fortitude to stand for the American people and demanding that more money go directly to our workers and to stop billions earmarked for foreign countries by Democrats.
Democrats and Republicans passed a bill just hours before Christmas, which aimed to give $600 to individuals who earn up to $75,000 and couples filing jointly who make up to $150,000.
“This abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences. Today, about 10 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits” Biden said, without mentioning the billions of dollars that Democrats have demanded and included in the bill for foreign countries.
President Trump has strongly objected and threatened to veto the bill unless it includes a direct payment of $2000, “rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill.”
President Trump called the package a “disgrace” and full of “wasteful” items.
“This bill contains $85.5m for assistance to Cambodia, $134m to Burma, $1.3bn for Egypt and the Egyptian military, which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment, $25m for democracy and gender programs in Pakistan, $505m to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama,” said Trump in his message before Christmas.
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it.”
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple.”