PA Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has officially objected to sending Americans a stimulus check for $2,000. He stated on Tuesday he would do that, and today, he did that despite the House approving the legislation and then passing it off to the Senate.
Toomey, whose salary is about $174,000 per year, suggests the money would be going to people who didn’t need it. Toomey claimed it was “money we don’t have” to send the $2,000 checks to Americans, however part of the relief package, in one form or another, is sending millions to other countries for various programs and those items could be negotiated to lesser amounts in order to increase the stimulus check from $600 to $2,000.
The $2,000 stimulus checks are supported by President Trump and numerous Democrats, while being objected by multiple Republicans. Bernie Sanders had pointed out that Democrats found themselves with an unusual ally in Donald Trump in regards to helping Americans by requesting the larger checks.
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Several Republican senators aligned themselves with Toomey and objected to the stimulus checks as well, despite President Trump calling for the $2,000 checks multiple times.
As stated on The Hill:
Toomey is one of several Republican senators who would object to such a request, including Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), according to a Senate GOP aide.
“Congress should continue helping workers who’ve lost their jobs. But blindly borrowing more than $600 billion so we can send $2,000 checks to millions of people who haven’t lost any income is terrible policy. I won’t consent to a vote on that,” Toomey tweeted Tuesday evening.
Toomey was on video voicing his concerns and objection to the larger amount stimulus checks.
WATCH the video:
Sen. Pat Toomey objects to $2000 checks: "We need to do $2,000 per person, despite the fact that we know for sure — we know for a fact — that the large majority of those checks are going to go to people who had no lost income? How does that make any sense at all?" pic.twitter.com/8LnRBD6Wfa
— The Hill (@thehill) December 30, 2020