Republicans Will Support $2,000 stimulus check If Democrats Remove ‘Pork’

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: U.S. President Donald Trump's name appears on the coronavirus economic assistance checks that were sent to citizens across the country April 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The initial 88 million payments totaling nearly $158 billion were sent by the Treasury Department last week as most of the country remains under stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republicans are signaling that they would support a $2,000 stimulus check to American citizens if the “pork” is taken out of the bill.

On Saturday, Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck appeared on “Fox & Friends” and said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would get “overwhelming support” for the bill with the $2,000 stimulus check if she removes the nonsense.

“She’ll get overwhelming Republican support,” he said. “She’ll certainly have my support, but just to add a $2,000 payment instead of a $600 payment to the pork that’s in the bill is just unacceptable.

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“I absolutely am in favor of giving the American people $2,000,” the representative said. “I think it’s the right move. I think the president’s absolutely right, but that’s only part of what the president is suggesting. Nancy Pelosi gave these members of the House just a few hours to read 6,000 pages of legislation. She did that because she had stuffed this bill full of pork.”

“We are funding — in a Covid relief bill — we are funding two new museums to women’s history,” he said. “We are funding social engineering programs in Pakistan. We are funding a panel to examine a succession to the Dalai Lama — all sorts of pork projects in this bill.”

Republicans and Democrats have been in favor of increasing the payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000 but Democrats want to keep their pet projects in it.

“What the president is saying is, make America first,” he said. “Bring America — make America the priority, so stop funding foreign projects in a Covid relief bill, knock that out, and take that money and use it to … give the American people a $2,000 check. If Nancy Pelosi does that, I think she’ll get overwhelming Republican support. She’ll certainly have my support, but just to add a $2,000 payment instead of a $600 payment to the pork that’s in the bill is just unacceptable.”

His comments came in the same week that President Donald Trump demanded that Congress the $600 to $2,000 stimulus check to help Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package and maybe that administration will be me and we will get it done,” he said.

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