Far-left members of the “Squad” are publicly shaming one aspect of President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion spending plan, which would provide Americans with $1,400 stimulus checks, calling for Congress to provide Americans with $2,000 checks and possibly have them “recurring.”
Biden on Thursday unveiled his $1.9 trillion spending plan, which is aimed to assist Americans, small businesses, and local governments in the age of the Chinese coronavirus. The last relief measure, which President Trump signed last month, provided Americans with $600 checks despite the president urging Congress to increase the amount to $2,000.
In the days following, Democrat lawmakers vowed to provide Americans with $2,000 checks, but Biden’s plan falls short in that area, providing what would be around “$320 billion in direct payments of $1,400 for most Americans,” as Breitbart News estimated.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was among the first to express disagreement.
“$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,” she said, as the Washington Post reported.
Other members of the far-left “Squad” have also spoken out, demanding that lawmakers provide the full amount as promised. However, Biden’s team contends that providing $1,400 does, in fact, match the promise of $2,000 checks when combined with the $600 distributed as part of the last $2.3 trillion government spending and coronavirus relief measure.
“We will finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most,” Biden said on Thursday. “The $600 already appropriated is simply not enough.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), for example, is not only calling for $2,000 direct payments but demanding that they occur more than once.
“The people deserve, demand and require $2,000 recurring monthly survival checks,” she said:
The people deserve, demand and require $2,000 recurring monthly survival checks.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) January 15, 2021
“$600 wasn’t enough,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said on Friday. “The American people are struggling to make ends meet and need relief. We must immediately pass $2,000 survival checks”:
$600 wasn’t enough.
The American people are struggling to make ends meet and need relief. We must immediately pass $2,000 survival checks. https://t.co/mPlf3IC2Ys
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 15, 2021
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) agreed, writing, “$1400 < $2000.”
“Math teachers know this. That $600 is already in the clutches of landlords and bill collectors,” she said, demanding lawmakers “stop compromising the working class, and our most vulnerable neighbors”:
$1400 < $2000
Math teachers know this. That $600 is already in the clutches of landlords and bill collectors. Stop compromising the working class, and our most vulnerable neighbors.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 15, 2021
“$1,400 ≠ $2,000,” Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), the newest member of the “Squad,” remarked:
$1,400 ≠ $2,000
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 15, 2021
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) piled on as well, writing, “$2,000 means $2,000. Pass it on”:
$2,000 means $2,000. Pass it on.
— DSA 🌹 (@DemSocialists) January 14, 2021
The demands follow dual Democrat victories in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections. Democrat lawmakers promised to follow through with $2,000 checks — in the event of securing a majority in the Senate — after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked the Democrats’ standalone measure to increase the amount, offering his own proposal which coupled $2,000 checks with the creation of a commission to investigate allegations of voter fraud and a repeal of Section 230.
McConnell later dismissed Democrat attempts to increase the amount of the checks, accusing his colleagues of advocating “socialism for rich people.”
“Borrowing from our grandkids to do socialism for rich people is a terrible way to get help to families who actually need it,” McConnell said at the time.
“Washington Democrats took President Trump’s suggestion and skewed it so the checks would benefit even more high-earning households,” he added.