GOP Blocks Standalone $2,000 Stimulus Payments Bill, House to Vote on Proposal Monday

by Thomas Catenacci

 

House Republicans blocked legislation Thursday that would have sent $2,000 in direct payments to Americans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

House Democratic and Republican leaders met early Thursday morning in a pro forma session and held a unanimous consent vote on the standalone direct payments proposal, according to CNBC. Republican leadership voted the measure down, sinking the effort, which required all lawmakers present to unanimously vote in favor for it to pass.

“Today, on Christmas Eve morning, House Republicans cruelly deprived the American people of the $2,000 that the President agreed to support,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction.”

Pelosi said during a press conference that the House would hold a recorded roll call vote on the standalone measure Monday, Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram reported.

Virginia Republican Rep. Rob Wittman attempted to get the House to vote on reconsidering the much-criticized foreign aid included in the omnibus bill Congress passed Monday night, according to CNBC. Democrats blocked that proposal.

“Speaker Pelosi tried to use the American people as leverage to make coronavirus relief contingent on government funding – which includes billions of foreign aid at a time when there are urgent needs at home,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement Wednesday night.

A coronavirus stimulus relief bill hangs in the balance after President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he wouldn’t sign the bill Congress passed. Trump criticized both the $600 direct payment, saying they were too small, and the foreign aid, saying it was wasteful.

“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it. It was not their fault,” Trump said.

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Thomas Catenacci is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  1. Tim Pyron

    How bout a novel idea of reporting the truth?
    GOP supported the $2000 direct payment as long as the Democrats got rid of all the pork in the bill.
    The Democrats have been taking our tax dollars and laundering them overseas and in America in these non profit organizations and NGO’S . The money turns around and ends up in their pockets.
    . This is why you see so many millionaires in Congress after just a couple of years. Clinton’s and bidens are prime examples. Both sides of the isle are guilty. They should all be in jail for squandering our money.

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