Rubio urges Biden to call for $2,000 stimulus checks on Day 1 to help unite the country
Key PointsGOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is calling for President-elect Joe Biden to press for $2,000 direct payments to Americans on the first day of his presidency as a show of unity following the D.C. insurrection last week.Rubio and Biden both supported $2,000 direct payments in the Covid-19 relief bill passed late last year. Biden was already expected to push for $2,000 payments in the next coronavirus relief plan.
Biden has said his stimulus proposal will cost trillions of dollars. Rubio asked that Biden not to let the payments "get caught up in the normal political games by adding a wish list of far left or other unrelated priorities to this legislation."
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., exits a subway cart in the Senate subway in between votes in the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.Caroline Brehman | CQ-Roll Call |Getty ImagesGOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is calling for President-elect Joe Biden to press for $2,000 direct payments to Americans on the first day of his presidency as a show of unity following the D.C. insurrection last week. headtopics.com
"Last Wednesday was one of the darkest days in our history. All across our nation, people are looking for answers and demanding accountability, but they are also desperate for hope: hope that political leaders in Washington can begin taking steps to heal our deeply divided nation," the Florida Republican wrote in a
letter to Biden dated Tuesday.He added, "It would send a powerful message to the American people if, on the first day of your presidency, you called on the House and Senate to send you legislation to increase the direct economic impact payments to Americans struggling due to the pandemic from $600 to $2,000."
Rubio and Biden both supported $2,000 direct payments in the Covid-19 relief bill passed late last year. That push was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Biden has not yet laid out his full agenda for the next round of coronavirus-related relief, but is expected to do so Thursday. He was already expected to push for $2,000 payments.
Democrats have more leverage headed into the next round of talks thanks to the party's wins in two Democratic runoff elections in Georgia last week that gave them control of the upper chamber of Congress. Democrats will soon hold the Senate, House of Representatives and the White House. Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20 at noon. headtopics.com
Following the news of the Georgia wins, Biden said that he will push for "trillions" in spending on Covid-19 relief."It is necessary to spend the money now," Biden said last week. "The answer is yes, it will be in the trillions of dollars, an entire package."
The economy, battered by the health crisis since March, has recently shown signs that it is once again getting worse after months of tepid recovery. Nonfarm payrolls fell by 140,000 last month, marking the firstnet job losses for the economy since the early days of lockdown
in the U.S.In the letter, Rubio asked that Biden not to let the payments "get caught up in the normal political games by adding a wish list of far left or other unrelated priorities to this legislation.""All too often, popular and necessary legislation is used as leverage to secure passage for policies that cannot pass on their own merit," Rubio wrote. "We have already seen it in the midst of the pandemic when additional funding for small businesses was blocked repeatedly for months on end."
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This is some kind of trap. Tread cautiously! 5k is the new number ! Great that more and more Republicans GOP are getting on board with the $2,000 stimulus checks proposal... And let’s not forget this was proposed by President Trump... When he’s not participating in sedition... Check out page 1098 of the Covid relief bill. 😡
This POS 🙄 If Biden flakes on his first promise to the American People, idk. Not good IT SHOULD BE $5000 EVERY OTHER MONTH AS COVID ISNT FREEING ANYONE, ITS HOLDING HOSTAGES! Lol. And we’re supposed to pay for this how exactly! All this will do is pump mrkts and make the rich richer.. oh wait, this is CNBC and a crooked politician talking about helping the “little guy”! Lol. Pump it
A.What’s the chances they can pass this bill with no other attachments? B. How does sending out 2000.00 checks unite the country? grandpa unites the stepkids by handing out money Don’t kiss Trump’s ass anymore? Biden won’t give you a shit. Not if favor of anymore stimulus checks. They will become like heroin!
All JoeBiden SpeakerPelosi and SenSchumer care about is sticking it to Trump. They lied about stimulus 'the first day' just to win the Senate. We will get nothing but hate and big talk from the Dems now. We need a bigger stimulusbill nothing like bribery to cheer up the mood a 2k loli pop for the little enslaved children ... FOH
Rubio has NO credibility Rubio trying to divert people attention regarding Trump with 2000 stimulus proposals. Then Marco should resign How bold, Marco. Do you really feel the President needs your encouragement? What a farce, money is going to unify Rubio you just gave yourself a black eye Let’s goooo!!! micro rubio save it.
Only for people making less than 50,000 a year. OoowwwwooO We know which person removed the panic buttons now...... Tryin' to buy his way out It is paper dollar. It mean nothing. He should ask $1 million stimulus check. Every American will be millionaire Typical Rep throw money at them Biden said it before him. These people really think people are stupid. Just wish they weren't right.
Good we dont need joe manchin so let's throw some money at everyone and they'll totally forget about terrorists highjacking the capitol. got it I’m down. But please...for 2022 budget, get control of spending, higher taxes isn’t the only piece to the equation for a balanced budget. He's good. Pelosi agreed for $2000 too.
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Isn't that special..... 😂 Certainly! Why not! Money makes the world go round. This fucking guy, he can’t figure out what his policies are. Oh, did someone find Christ? You need to go away