Representative John Rose, a Tennessee Republican, attacked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for attempting to pass legislation that would give Americans $2,000 stimulus checks—a key demand raised by President Donald Trump last week.

Congress passed a bipartisan $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill last week, which was included with $1.4 trillion omnibus government spending legislation. Although the White House reportedly urged Republican lawmakers to support the package before it passed, Trump attacked the bill and described it as a “disgrace” in a Tuesday video message.

The president took issue with billions of funding to foreign countries and other government priorities, while also asking Congress to raise the $600 stimulus checks included in the package to $2,000 for most Americans. Democrats quickly backed the president’s call for larger direct payments, pointing out that this was what they’d asked for months ago already.

Pelosi, a California Democrat, plans to hold a roll-call vote on Monday morning on a stand-alone bill that would dole out $2,000 stimulus checks, but some Republicans have attacked her for attempting to do what Trump requested.

“Unfortunately we see Speaker Pelosi continuing to play political games,” Rose told Fox News on Sunday morning after he was asked about the effort to give out $2,000 in direct payments. “There are people all over this country that need targeted, timely, temporary relief to help with response to the pandemic and the imposed shutdowns across the country,” the GOP congressman said.

“It’s a little disingenuous now for them to put this vote before us when there is so much pork in the appropriations bill that we got only hours before having to vote on it last week,” Rose said.

Newsweek reached out to a press representative for Pelosi for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

Why It Matters

After Trump called for $2,000 stimulus checks, Pelosi and other leading Democrats quickly backed the president’s demand.

“Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!” the speaker tweeted shortly after Trump shared his video message on Tuesday.

 

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