President Trump continues to stand firm against the bipartisan omnibus spending bill that only supplies $600 relief checks to Americans that have been waiting for relief for months.
As it turns out, though the media is attempting to vilify President Trump’s refusal to back down, new evidence in the form of a Business Insider survey released this week shows that the majority of the American people agree with President Trump’s stance on the bill.
It’s not enough
The 6,000-page bipartisan bill presented earlier this week after months of squabbling contains $900 billion in federal spending, but only allows $600 direct payments to Americans, in contrast to April’s bill which provided $1,200 payments.
Democrats attempted to pass a stand-alone bill that would provide $2,000 payments just before Christmas, but GOP lawmakers rejected the proposal due to the fact that none of the pork had been cut from the original bill.
Negotiations appear to be at a stand-still, as neither GOP nor Democrat leaders appear willing to back down on their refusal to compromise.
However, Americans on both sides of the aisle have made it clear that a $600 check is a slap in the face of financially suffering Americans. Breitbart reported on Sunday:
The survey, taken December 21 among 1,123 respondents, found that 62 percent view $600 stimulus checks as too small, with over three-quarters expressing the belief that payments should be $1,000 or greater. Forty-three percent of respondents said checks should be over $2,000.
According to Business Insider, respondents asked what the “right amount of money” for a “one-time federal economic stimulus payment at this time” responded on average that $1,500 or more was the most desirable amount.
Trump stands firm
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries and lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” Trump said earlier this week, ordering Congress to “get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation.”
The Wall Stree Journal noted that several coronavirus-inspired relief programs are expiring this week if Congress and the White House cannot agree on a solution.
Nevertheless, President Trump and the GOP appear to be entirely unwilling to back down from insisting that Democrats cut spending on projects unrelated to coronavirus and refocus on providing assistance directly to American citizens.
President Trump declined to sign the bill in its original form on Saturday evening, tossing the ball back in the court of Congressional leaders.
“I simply want to get our great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill. Also, stop the billions of dollars in “pork,” Trump wrote on Saturday, adding, “$2000 + $2000 plus other family members. Not $600. Remember, it was China’s fault!”