After months of negotiating and stonewalling, Congressional leaders finally came to an agreement on a new coronavirus relief deal this week.
However, President Trump immediately cried foul, declaring on Tuesday that the bill must be reworked due to small direct payments to American citizens and an incredible amount of funds earmarked for causes entirely unrelated to COVID-19.
President Trump promised in 2018 that he would never again blindly vote for a massive omnibus spending bill that “nobody read” after signing just such a bill for military and national security.
In true swamp fashion, D.C. lawmakers produced a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill filled with thousands of pages of pork that no one in Congress had a chance to read before the vote earlier this week — and Trump has stuck to his promise of rejecting such proposals.
“For example, among the more than 5,000 pages in this bill, which nobody in Congress has read because of its length and complexity — it’s called the COVID relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID,” Trump lamented in his speech.
Trump joined conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in decrying the outrageous abuse of an eleventh-hour spending bill to send money to foreign countries and fund liberal causes, calling in his speech for lawmakers to bring a proposal that prioritizes the American people.
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple,” Trump said in his Twitter video. “I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and to send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a package, and maybe that administration will be me.”
Watch Trump’s White House speech rejecting the bill:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020