GOP Members Speak Out Against COVID Stimulus Package after Trump’s Signature
President Trump signed the COVID-19 stimulus package Sunday following threats of a government shutdown, which has sparked dissent from his own party members.
In an article published by The Federalist on Monday, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy criticized the bill saying it aids in the “destruction of our republic and way of life.”
“These two bills promote policies that have nothing to do with seeing our fellow citizens through the difficulty of forced school and business closings and limited livelihoods via the force of government, but instead, actively aid in the destruction of our republic and way of life,” Roy wrote.
Roy noted that bill contains a $431 million reduction in funding for ICE beds, the creation and funding of two new politically motivated Smithsonian museums, billions to fund the green climate agenda, $4 billion to fund vaccines in other countries, $82 billion in education funding and additional funding to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and dozens of other foreign countries.
“President Trump should have never signed this bill, much less threatened a veto only to back away from it. He had supporters waiting in the wings to fight for him and for the American people. Now, the swamp has gotten exactly what it wanted,” Roy said.
“It’s time for Congress to do its job. That means reading, debating, and amending legislation — before we vote on something.”
During a private conference call of House Republicans on Wednesday, lawmakers complained about “pork” projects in the bill.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy said the bill had been tainted, The New York Times reported.
“I don’t know if we recover from this,” said Representative Virginia Foxx, Republican of North Carolina, according to three officials on the call. “We will have a hell of a time getting this out of people’s head.”
Representative Don Bacon, Republican of Nebraska, said Mr. Trump had thrown House Republicans under the bus, according to a person on the call.
Trump initially didn’t sign the $900 billion aid package, arguing that Congress needed to increase the size of relief checks from $600 to $2,000, but after threats of a government shutdown, Trump signed off on the bill late last night.
Trump criticized the $1.4 trillion government funding bill that was attached to the COVID relief bill, calling it “reckless spending” at a time when federal resources should be focused on the economic recovery in the U.S.
“It’s called the COVID Relief Bill but it has almost nothing to do with COVID,” Trump said in a taped video posted to his Twitter account. “This bill contains $85.5 million for assistance to Cambodia, $134 million to Burma, $1.3 billion for Egypt and the Egyptian military.”
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” Trump said.
Trump said he will not sign the bill until Congress amended the bill and increased the $600 stimulus to $2,000 and removed the “wasteful and unnecessary items.”
The nearly 5,600-page bill passed the House and Senate by overwhelming margins Monday night.
The bill authorizes direct checks of $600 for people earning up to $75,000 per year and an additional $600-per-child stimulus payment.
The bill also creates a new $300 weekly unemployment supplement and replenishes a forgivable loan program for small businesses. It includes protections against evictions and money for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and cash-strapped transit systems.
Trump announced that the House of Representatives will vote Monday to increase “payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000 and that a family of four would receive $5,200.”