Last night President Trump has signed the stimulus package and annual budget measure that he previously said he wanted changes to. This includes $900 billion in coronavirus relief that includes $600 per person stimulus checks, and a $300 per week unemployment addition. Trump also signed a spending bill to fund government agencies to avoid a shutdown before the Monday night deadline.
As President I am demanding many rescissions under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The Act provides that, ‘whenever the President determines that all or part of any budget authority will not be required to carry out the full objectives or scope of programs for which it is provided, or that such budget authority should be rescinded for fiscal policy or other reasons (including termination of authorized projects or activities for which budget authority has been provided), the President shall transmit to both Houses of Congress a special message’ describing the amount to be reserved, the relevant accounts, the reasons for the rescission, and the economic effects of the rescission. 2 U.S.C. § 683.
I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.
I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more.
It’s up to the Trump administration to send to Congress a list of items they want to be cut, but it’s up to Congress to advance a potential rescissions bill, and they can simply ignore such a request.
Days ago President Trump ripped Congress for only offering $600 relief checks, and called for $2,000 checks.
Trump reiterated those calls in his statement last night. “On Monday the House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000. Therefore, a family of four would receive $5,200. Additionally, Congress has promised that Section 230, which so unfairly benefits Big Tech at the expense of the American people, will be reviewed and either be terminated or substantially reformed. Likewise, the House and Senate have agreed to focus strongly on the very substantial voter fraud which took place in the November 3 Presidential election.”
The bill that the House will vote on today is only a few pages in length, and changes the passages in the relief bill Trump just signed to increase the size of checks to $2,000 from $600. Democrat Rep. Richard Neal introduced the bill.