This is my stimulus update for Saturday, December Twenty-Sixth.
Today is the day that millions of Americans lose their unemployment benefits since today is the that the PUA, which is the federally-funded unemployment for the self-employed and other individuals ineligible for traditional unemployment benefits, and the PEUC, which is the thirteen-week extension of unemployment benefits, both of these programs end today.
Twelve million Americans who were receiving unemployment benefits will no longer be receiving them. That is terrifying. And as you all know, this is a result of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign the unified stimulus and government funding omnibus bill that was passed by both houses of Congress on Monday because he believes that the appropriations to foreign aid were too much and the benefits for the American people were too little, as you know, he in particular criticized the six-hundred-dollar stimulus checks in the bill because he wants two thousand dollar stimulus checks for the people, four thousand for married couples.
The paper bill was flown down to Donald Trump in Florida on Thursday, and he has not signed it, and by all indications, Trump does not seem to be relenting, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham went golfing with Trump yesterday at Mar-a-Lago and Graham tweeted last night, “After spending some time with President Trump today, I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to two thousand dollars per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection,” we’ve talked about Section 230 before on the channel, link at the top of the screen as well as in the description below.
Now, that’s not surprising. The surprising thing is in his next tweet, Lindsey Graham calls both of those things “reasonable demands,” yes, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called two thousand dollar stimulus checks a reasonable demand. Now, is this opinion shared by other Republican senators? Probably not, Graham tweeted this to support his golfing buddy. But by all indications, Lindsey Graham is correct, Trump is not backing down, he tweeted yesterday, “Made many calls and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida. Why would politicians not want to give people two thousand dollars rather than only six hundred dollars ? It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!” And again this morning, “I simply want to get our great people two thousand dollars rather than the measly six hundred dollars that is now in the bill. Also, stop the billions of dollars in ‘pork.’”
So while Lindsey Graham is buddy-buddy with Trump right now, Mitch McConnell certainly isn’t, and in fact Trump criticized him once again this morning on Twitter about the election, tweeting, “If a Democrat Presidential Candidate had an Election Rigged & Stolen, with proof of such acts at a level never seen before, the Democrat Senators would consider it an act of war, and fight to the death. Mitch & the Republicans do NOTHING, just want to let it pass.
NO FIGHT!” Oh yeah, Trump, that really makes Mitch want to put your idea about two thousand dollar stimulus checks on the Senate floor. What incentive does Mitch have here?
Trump will be out of the White House in twenty-five days, why should Mitch McConnell give a flying flip what Donald Trump thinks? So what’s next? Well, like we said earlier in this week, on Monday House Dems will put a standalone bill for two-thousand-dollar stimulus checks on the House floor.
If it passes, it will go to the Senate, where Mitch McConnell will do God knows what with it, I would be shocked if he did anything with it, because the two people pushing for this are Nancy Pelosi, who is his opponent for obvious reasons, and also Donald Trump, who has routinely criticized him and other Senate Republicans and will be out of the White House in a little over three weeks. I don’t think Mitch has much incentive to put this legislation on the Senate Floor, but what do you think, assuming a standalone two-thousand-dollar stimulus check bill passes the House.