House GOP, Dems stymie requests to reconsider stimulus, spending package after Trump grievances
Christmas Eve maneuvers are in response to grievances Trump aired over size of stimulus checks, foreign aid
House Republicans and Democrats Thursday blocked each others’ “unanimous consent” requests put forward after President Trump aired grievances Tuesday night to the massive coronavirus stimulus and government funding package lawmakers sent to his desk.
Democrats’ request aimed at sending $2,000 relief checks to Americans was put forward by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. He said the Democrats’ request was “consistent” with Trump’s request.
Republicans’ request on revisiting foreign aid, the other element of Trump’s twofold objections to the stimulus and spending legislation, was put forward by Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va.
The brief and unfruitful exchange of political barbs came as it’s still unclear whether Trump will veto the original piece of legislation. Even as he attacked it Tuesday he did not explicitly say he’d veto it.
Trump on Tuesday night released a scathing video in which he called panned $600 stimulus checks for Americans as too small, saying the number should instead be $2,000.
He also demanded that “wasteful and unnecessary” spending – Trump specifically listed foreign aid to several countries, along with a few other line-items – be cut from the year-end spending package which lawmakers married to the coronavirus aid so it could all be passed in one vote.