President Donald Trump was just completely betrayed. A high-ranking Republican senator has stabbed him in the back. This is awful.
Appearing on CNBC, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) bashed Trump’s proposal to raise the direct payments to suffering Americans from $600 to $2,000 as part of the COVID-19 relief package.
Toomey, who is not running for reelection in 2022, said that the economy “is in such a completely different place today” compared to when the first relief bill was passed back in March, noting the “33 percent economic growth in the third quarter” as an example.
He also doesn’t like the idea of sending “$2,000 checks per person to households that have had no loss of income,” such as to government employees. At the same time, he recognized the “very grim prospects” in several areas.
The restaurant, travel, entertainment, and lodging industries, for example, are still experiencing massive unemployment. But he failed to mention that the current national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent, which is still too high.
The unemployment rate in January of 2019 was only 4 percent, and it was as low as 3.6 percent previously. All Trump is wanting to do is strip the bill of unrelated items (ex. billions in foreign aid) and send more help directly to Americans who need it.
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