(JustPatriots.com)- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to rabble rouse again, lambasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not bringing a vote to the floor to increase direct stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000.
But, what Schumer conveniently makes no mention of is that he and his party had the chance to accept a Republican stimulus proposal that included $1,200 direct checks to Americans. Instead of accepting that proposal — which also included other initiatives that didn’t get passed — Democrats decided to play politics and delay a vote until after the presidential election.
President Donald Trump signed the latest coronavirus stimulus package that included $600 direct checks to Americans under a certain income threshold. In doing so, he also noted his displeasure with the amount of the checks. He tweeted:
“I simply want to get our great people $2,000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill.”
House Democrats quickly jumped on that statement. They crafted and then passed what’s called the CASH Act, or the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help Act. The bill would increase the direct payments to $2,000 per individual or $4,000 per couple. The income threshold would be $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples.
In signing the original stimulus bill along with the $1.4 omnibus spending bill that will keep the government funded through September, Trump said he did so because the Senate would “start the process for a vote that increases checks to $2,000.”
That hasn’t happened as of yet, though, and it seems unlikely that McConnell is going to allow it to happen quickly.
Schumer tried to get the CASH Act passed quickly through the Senate on Tuesday, requesting it be passed by unanimous consent. In a floor speech Schumer said:
“An overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House supports $2,000 checks. Senate Democrats strongly support $2,000 checks. Even President Trump supports $2,000 checks. There is one question left today — do Senate Republicans join with the rest of America in supporting $2,000 checks?
“The fastest way to get money into Americans’ pockets is to send some of their tax dollars right back from where they came. $2,000 stimulus checks could mean the difference between American families having groceries for a few extra weeks or going hungry. The different between paying the rent or being kicked out of your home that you’ve lived in for years. It could buy precious time for tens of millions of people as the vaccine thankfully makes its way across the country.”
Schumer went on to chastise Senate Republicans for not passing earlier measures that would have increased stimulus payments. Of course, he failed to mention that he turned down similar proposals from Republicans.
In late July, Schumer said he was opposed to a $1 trillion proposal Republicans put forward. That bill included $1,200 stimulus checks — double the amount that actually got passed.
Instead of owning up to his failures in the past, Schumer — and many Democrats — are simply trying to distract from the truth and place blame squarely on Senate Republicans for Americans not getting $2,000 checks.