House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced she will hold a Monday vote to approve $2,000 relief checks, a proposal espoused by President Trump himself.
Pelosi did not address Trump’s other demand for eliminating “wasteful” spending.
This comes after Pelosi attempted to pass the $2,000 checks by unanimous consent, a move that was rejected by House Republicans.
Pelosi responded by saying “today, on Christmas Eve morning, House Republicans cruelly deprived the American people of the $2,000 that the President agreed to support. If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction.”
Pelosi also telegraphed “on Monday, I will bring the House back to session where we will hold a recorded vote on our stand-alone bill to increase economic impact payments to $2,000.”
She added “to vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny them the relief they need.”
McCarthy has fired back by blaming Democrats for rejecting GOP Rep Rob Wittman’s unanimous consent request to re-examine taxpayer spending on foreign aid, as President Trump also called for.
House Republicans just moved to re-examine how we spend taxpayer dollars on foreign aid—as President @realDonaldTrump called for.
Democrats blocked it.
Thank you to @RobWittman for representing Republicans on Christmas Eve in the fight for the American people.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 24, 2020