Trump lashes out at GOP after override vote on defense bill

Wednesday, 30 Dec, 2020

The House of Representatives voted Monday to approve a measure that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000, sending the bill to the Senate where it faces a standoff today. Talking on the Senate floor, McConnell, however, made sure to mention President Donald Trump's 11th hour push to send bigger COVID-19 relief payments to Americans, as well as the president's demands for Congress to investigate dubious allegations of election fraud and crack down on social media companies.

But many Republicans had opposed stimulus payments larger than the US$600 in the existing law, in part over concerns about the price tag. It's unknown if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will bring the House bill to a vote.

"Following the strong bipartisan vote in the House, tomorrow I will move to pass the legislation in the Senate to quickly deliver Americans with $2,000 emergency checks", Schumer said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Democrats retorted by arguing that the Senate needs to pass a stand-alone vote of $2000 to get money into the hands of Americans as fast as possible before anything else can be done.

Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Trump's declaration that China benefited from the defense bill was false.

'I've stood by the President 100% of the time, I'm proud to do that, ' Loeffler told Fox News on Tuesday in response to a question about providing $2,000 payments, a position President Trump supports.

The new Congress is set to be sworn in Sunday.

"Can you imagine if the Republicans stole a Presidential Election from the Democrats - All hell would break out", he said.

Trump was reportedly so upset with the additions, which consisted of white marble and an abundance of dark wood, that he demanded they be removed immediately - which they were.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed almost 330,000 people in the United States and led to widespread economic hardship, with millions of families relying on unemployment benefits and Covid-19 relief funds.

While McConnell hasn't hinted whether he'd entertain a vote on the House measure, Markey and Sanders find themselves with a few unusual allies, Trump chief among them. The stimulus bill he signed on Sunday will provide most Americans making less than $75,000 a year a $600 check.

While some Republican senators such as Marco Rubio of Florida and Josh Hawley of Missouri have expressed support for the $2,000 payments, it is unclear whether McConnell will have the GOP backing to pass it.

Trump said in announcing his signature for the spending package that he was also insisting on changes to the funding legislation to remove what he called "wasteful items". David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are in the Georgia runoff race scheduled for January 5. But first, it has to be voted on and Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders plans to filibuster to force the Senate to sit until January if a vote isn't held on the stimulus check increase.

Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, Trump shared a tweet noting Sanders' attempt to delay a vote on the defense bill and added, "Give the people $2,000, not $600".

In sustaining Trump's veto, Bishop criticized the Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.

Trump's signing of the package staved off a USA government shutdown but he also pushed for the stimulus cheques.