Top Democrat Takes Heavy Fire After Criticizing Trump’s Call For Sending Cash To Americans
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a questionable decision on Wednesday by making it clear that he opposes the new plan from the White House calling for sending cash payments directly to Americans, in what only seems to look to have been done so in spite of President Trump.
While speaking on the Senate floor, Chuck Schumer said that the proposal wouldn’t help American citizens in the long-run, and argued that continuing with options like expanding unemployment insurance would be more beneficial to help people throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is not the time for small thinking,” he said. “A single 1,000 check would help someone pay their land-lord in March. But what happens after that?”
Check out what Reuters reported below:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday warned of an economic recession as the coronavirus spreads through the country and called for a broader cash payment than Trump’s push for $1,000 checks.
“The coronavirus is slowing our economy to a near standstill and we are almost certainly anticipating a recession,” Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. He added that expanded unemployment benefits would be a more effective way of helping workers than a $1,000 check from Washington.
After making this speech to Senators, Chuck Schumer began receiving significant backlash from Democrats across social media, and many have started to use the hashtag #SchumerVsPeople to state their disapproval.
One popular fan-page noted a particular problem for Chuck Schumer, saying that it puts supporters of Andrew Yang in a difficult situation, challenging the chances for Democrats in this year’s election.
The #YangGang is now in a very awkward position. @realDonaldTrump is advocating for our top issue, a Universal Basic Income Stimulus, while Democratic leadership is in strong opposition. Not sure how this plays out in November. #PeopleVsSchumer #PeopleVsPelosi— Andrew Yang Fan Page🧢 (@AndrewYangFanP1) March 19, 2020
The proposal from the Trump administration being opposed by Democratic leadership was introduced this week, and it detailed a $250 billion dollar plan to send out two rounds of $1,000 cash payments to every American citizen. Senators already passed an emergency relief package for the coronavirus on Wednesday, which allowed for provisions such as free coronavirus testing, paid sick leave, and an extension to unemployment benefits, but the chamber is expected to be drawing up more legislation to ensure that the cash payments will be sent out.
While some Democrats criticized the President over his new proposals, other unconventional figures have joined Trump in support. Earlier today, Rep Omar tweeted out describing Trump’s response as “incredible,” and saying that “unprecedented times require unprecedented leadership and we are seeing that in our country right now.”
By taking a controversial stance at such a critical moment for our nation, Democratic leadership continues to push troves of voters in the direction of uniting with President Trump.