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Pelosi Agrees to Increase in Stimulus Payments After Trump Slams Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted that she agrees with President Donald Trump that the next round of one-time stimulus payments should increase from the $600 approved by Congress to $2,000.

Earlier, Trump said he needed to receive a bill that gives Americans considerably more money than the $600 per individual initially offered.

“Throughout the summer, Democrats cruelly blocked COVID relief legislation in an effort to advance their extreme left-wing agenda and influence the election,” Trump said. “Then, a few months ago, Congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help to the American people. It’s taken forever. However, the bill they are planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated.”

Trump continued to slam the bill.

“For example, among the more than 5,000 pages in this bill, which nobody in Congress has read because of its length and complexity,” he said. “It’s called the COVID relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID.”

Trump went to say the bill included “wasteful spending,” with large sums of money slated for illegal aliens and foreign countries.

“This bill contains $85.5 million for assistance to Cambodia; $134 million to Burma; $1.3 billion for Egypt and the Egyptian Military which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian Military equipment; $25 million for democracy and gender programs in Pakistan; $505 million to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama; $40 million for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., which is not even open for business; $1 billion for the Smithsonian; and an additional $154 million for the National Gallery of Art; $7 million for reef fish management; $25 million to combat Asian carp; $2.5 million to count the number of Amber Jack fish in the Gulf of Mexico, a provision to promote the breeding of fish in federal hatcheries; $3 million in poultry production technology; $2 million to research the impact of downed trees; $566 million for construction projects at the FBI,” Trump said. “The bill also allows stimulus checks for the family members of illegal aliens, allowing them to get up to $1,800 each. This is far more than the Americans are given.”

Trump then asked Congress to remove “unnecessary items” from the bill.

“Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the $900 billion package provides hard-working taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments and not enough money is given to small businesses and in particular restaurants, whose owners have suffered so grievously,” he said. “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 wasn’t their fault, it was China’s fault, not their fault.”

“I’m 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 to send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Finally a president revealed all the unnecessary stuff these stimulus bills always have. They aren’t meant to stimulate anything other than pet interests of politicians and foreign aid. Everybody else gets bread crumbs.

  2. The Government Ruling class hates you and thinks you are stupid.

    They think you believe that 81M people actually voted for Joe Biden, so they thought they could go back to spending your money on every globalist pet project that does not benefit Americans.

    They forgot Orange Man bad still in oval office.

    Democrats and Republicans hate you, the only one fighting for Americans is in the oval office.

  3. My mom and sister are retired, have been out zero money from the lockdowns, but will now have received $3,200 each in 2020. However, my husband has worked from home and we have been paying taxes this whole time, and will not see one cent in stimulus. It SUCKS being the provider class, so that “others” can stimulate the economy.

  4. It’s no secret there’s crap in just about every spending bill, but this one is a shit pie. Small businesses are being destroyed and this is what we get from Congress. Amazed their approval rating is as high as 18%.

  5. Trump is 100% correct. The rot in DC is deep. We’re all being conned by these shallow-minded men and women. What’s changed is that they don’t even try to hide it any longer.

  6. It’s all a money laundering scheme. It’s why crack addicted sons of politicians end up on boards of Ukrainian energy companies. You can’t just directly put the payments in the bill itself. You have to give it to a foreign entity first so it can come back legit.

  7. Bingo. He isn’t perfect. But you know where you stand with him unlike all the mother like that are owned and indentured to special interests and lobbyists. Which is pretty much everyone, regardless of dem\repub

  8. Constantly fighting the media, tweeting and not getting in front of the issues the past year is not a good leader. It cost him the election. If he just talked about his successes the past year he would of won.

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