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.
“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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