Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said President Trump’s calls to amend the COVID-19 bill Congress passed on Monday an “attack on every American.”
The president in a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday said the bill should be changed to include $ 2,000 in direct payments to all Americans instead of $ 600, which is what the legislation currently offers.
“This is an attack on all Americans – people who are struggling to get along right now, without work. … Unemployment will basically end the day after Christmas if this does not happen,” Klobuchar said on Tuesday on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show. “
She said the legislation includes $ 30 billion for vaccine distribution and more than $ 300 billion for relief for small businesses, adding that the president’s calls to change the legislation “literally undermine our entire testing and vaccine distribution efforts” and “small businesses can no longer take it.”
“Democrats are seeking more funding for individual payments, but in the end this was a negotiation, and [Trump] know very well, we are reaching the end here with our unemployment. Small businesses can no longer cope, she said.
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House Democrats have the ability to override a presidential veto if he tries to force the change and reject the $ 900 billion proposed legislation.
“He should not do this right now when his own finance minister, Steve Mnuchin, was involved in the negotiations from start to finish,” the Minnesota senator said. “He’s literally trying to burn the country on the way out.”
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Klobuchar added that Democrats must “make it very clear” before the run-off race in Georgia’s Senate in January “which party has the backs of people.”
The senator’s comments come after other progressive Democrats came out in support of Trump’s demand for more funding for direct support.
The proposed deal also includes $ 300 per week in 11-week federal unemployment benefits, $ 325 billion in small business support, $ 25 billion in rental support and $ 45 billion in rental support.