Democrats are rallying around President Trump’s call for Congress to amend the COVID relief bill to increase direct payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded to the commander-in-chief’s Tuesday night Twitter video where he outlined his demands with an eager, “Let’s do it!”
“Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent,” she wrote on the social media platform.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) echoed Pelosi’s readiness to up the amount each American would receive, but whined about Republicans in the process.
“We spent months trying to secure $2000 checks but Republicans blocked it,” the New York Democrat tweeted. “Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open and we’re glad to pass more aid Americans need.”
Left-wing leaders too cheered the news, and said they were ready to get to work on the effort.
“That’s great! I first introduced a bill to provide a $2,000 direct payment with @SenKamalaHarris & @EdMarkey 7 months ago,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted late Tuesday, also writing, “Let’s do it.”
The Vermont senator went on to call on the president to convince his Senate Republican colleagues to back paying each American more.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also stood ready to back Trump’s efforts, saying she and fellow “Squad” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) had the bill language written.
“Let’s do it. @RashidaTlaib and I already co-wrote the COVID amendment for $2,000 checks, so it’s ready to go. Glad to see the President is willing to support our legislation,” she wrote.
“We can pass $2k checks this week if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down,” she added.
And even Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff — who has no vote in the matter — also supported Trump’s call, tweeting, “$2,000 checks now.”
For months, Congress remained at a standstill over the next round of legislation. Talks were revived by a bipartisan group of senators and House members after the November election.
Eventually, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), along with fellow members of House and Senate leadership, pledged that the chambers would not break for Christmas without the package being pushed through.