Trump: COVID Spending Bill a 'Disgrace;' Wants to Give Americans $2,000, Not $600

Susan Jones | December 23, 2020 | 6:54am EST
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( - "Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it," President Trump said in a video message posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

He slammed the 5,593-page, $2.3-trillion spending bill, including $900 billion in COVID relief, as a "disgrace" because it doesn't prioritize needy Americans:

COVID "was China’s fault. Not their fault," Trump said.

"I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 (direct payment) to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple. I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to 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."

Trump pointed out some of the foreign aid contained in the portion of the bill that funds government operations:

For example, among the more than 5,000 pages in this bill, which nobody in Congress has read because of its length and complexity -- it’s called the COVID relief Bbill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID.

This bill contains $85.5 million for assistance to Cambodia, $134 million to Burma, $1.3 billion for Egypt and the Egyptian military, which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment. $25 million for democracy and gender programs in Pakistan, $505 million to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

$40 million for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., which is not even open for business. $1 billion for the Smithsonian and an additional $154 million for the National Gallery of Art. Likewise, these facilities are essentially not open.

$7 million for reef fish management, $25 billion to combat Asian carp, $2.5 million to count the number of amberjack fish in the Gulf of Mexico. A provision to promote the breeding of fish in federal hatcheries, $3 million in poultry production technology, $2 million to research the impact of downed trees, $566 million for construction projects at the FBI.

The bill also allows stimulus checks for the family members of illegal aliens, allowing them to get up to $1,800 each. This is far more than the Americans are given.

Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the $900 billion package provides hardworking taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments, and not enough money is given to small businesses...

Trump said the bill that has landed on his desk is "much different than anticipated. It really is a disgrace."

Fifty Republicans in the House and six in the Senate voted against the massive bill.

Also See:

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