Trump said he would sign the Pandemic Relief Act, then uncorked a list of insane demands that will not materialize.
Trump said in a White House statement to PoliticusUSA:
As President of the United States, it is my responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and trouble caused by the China virus.
I understand that tough actions by democratically run states have forced many small businesses to close. Lots of people are back at work, but my job isn’t done until everyone is back at work.
Fortunately, because of my collaboration with Congress in passing the CARES bill earlier this year, we avoided another world economic crisis. Under my leadership, Project Warp Speed was a huge success. My administration and I developed a vaccine that was many years ahead of the wildest expectations, and we will soon be distributing this and other vaccines to millions of people.
As President, I told Congress that I wanted far less wasteful spending and more money for the American people in the form of $ 2,000 checks per adult and $ 600 per child.
As President, I am calling for many resignations under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The law provides that “If the President determines that all or part of a budgetary authority is not required to carry out the full objectives or scope of the programs for which If such a budgetary authority is made available or that such budgetary authority should be suspended for fiscal or other reasons (including the termination of approved projects or activities for which a budgetary authority has been allocated), the President shall send a special message to both Houses of Congress describing the amount will be reserved, the relevant accounts, the reasons for the resignation and the economic effects of the resignation. 2 USC § 683.
I will be signing the Omnibus and Covid Package with a strong message making it clear to Congress that wasteful items must be removed. I will be sending a redrafted version back to Congress, point by point, along with a formal resignation to Congress insisting that these funds be removed from the bill.
I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental support, add money for PPP, get our airline employees back to work, add significantly more money to distribute vaccines, and much more.
On Monday, the House will decide to increase payments to individuals from $ 600 to $ 2,000. Hence, a family of four would receive $ 5,200. In addition, Congress has promised that Section 230, which is wrongly benefiting Big Tech at the expense of the American people, will be reviewed and either ended or fundamentally reformed.
Likewise, the House and Senate have agreed to focus heavily on the very significant electoral fraud that took place in the November 3rd presidential election.
The Senate will begin the process for a vote that will increase checks to $ 2,000, overturn Section 230, and begin an electoral fraud investigation.
Big Tech must not receive protection from Section 230!
Election fraud must be fixed!
There is a lot more money coming. I will never give up my fight for the American people!
The important part here is that Trump will sign the pandemic relief law.
Neither the House nor the Senate have agreed to make investigating electoral fraud a priority. Trump’s request to remove Section 230 of the NDAA will also never materialize. Presidents have no veto on line items, so Trump can redefine the bill at will, but it doesn’t mean anything. As soon as he signs it, it becomes law.
Trump wants to credit a bill he had nothing to do with and he is trying to get more exposure for himself as someone clearly feels needy after being knocked off the political stage and facing political irrelevance in a few weeks’ time.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association