CALIFORNIA (February 4, 2021)—-Majority Leader Chuck Schumer celebration of the stimulus bill passage was short lived. President Joe Biden’s has already reneged on one of his early promises to provide financially-strapped needy families with $2,000 stimulus checks.
Senator Schumer tweeted “the Senate passed the budget resolution to quickly deliver more emergency COVID relief.” But he did not mentioned the short changed stimulus $2000 check amount. “Our caucus worked together in unit to respond boldly to this crisi, and we are grate ful President Biden put together the American Rescue Plan,” added Schumer.
The Senate passed the budget resolution to quickly deliver more emergency COVID relief.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 5, 2021
Our caucus worked together in unity to respond boldly to this crisis, and we are grateful President Biden put together the American Rescue Plan.
We will keep working hard to make it law.
Liberal activist Susan Sarandon has called out President Joseph Biden and his fellow Democrats, accusing them of a “bait and switch” move regarding stimulus checks for Americans struggling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
President Biden unveiled the $1.9 trillion package in early January that included an additional $1400 stimulus and not the promised $2000 payments to qualified citizens and their dependents. Biden said the payments will top off the second round of $600 checks which were guaranteed at the end of 2020, bringing the total to $2,000 per person. But, Biden did not pay the $600 check first round, but the check was part of former President Donald J. Trump’s stimulus package.
“We will finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most,” Biden said during his speech Thursday. “The $600 already appropriated is simply not enough.”
But some critics of Biden’s new plan, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), also criticized Biden’s stimulus plan and said that Democrats need to fulfill their campaign promise and provide full $2,000 payments.
″$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,″ Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post.
Biden also campaigned in Georgia pushing the $2000 payments which largely played a role in the Georgia’s runoff elections, in which the two Democratic candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, won, handing control of the Senate to their party–and promising the $2000 payoff.
Representative Cori Bush tweeted “What we have: White House, Senate, People’s House. What we need: Real COVID-19 relief. The Democrats did not include what Representative Bush tweeted what is need to help those who need the help the most–$2000 stimulus check and not $1400. Representative Bush will have a chance to introduce an amendment to the bill—since the bill is heading over to the House for passage.
What we have: White House, Senate, People's House.— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 22, 2021
What we need: Real COVID-19 relief.
– $2,000 monthly, retroactive survival checks
– Cancel rent, mortgages, utilities, and all student debt
– Medicare for All
– Homes & Job Guarantee
Representative Bush tweeted after President-elect Biden announced his stimulus plan:
$1,400 ≠ $2,000— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 15, 2021