With President Donald Trump (R) and lawmakers involved in an ongoing battle over whether or not Americans should receive financial relief in the form of $2,000, Florida lawmakers are raising concerns over the help that Floridians must receive. Specifically, Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani (D), who has hinted that she may make a run for Florida Governor in 2022, took to social media to voice her disapproval of the lack of aid that is being extended to Floridians as they continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reminding Floridians that “Florida hasn’t even passed ONE relief bill for COVID19,” Eskamani further commented on Twitter that Florida Democrats “requested a special legislative session back in April to make it happen but were denied by the GOP majority.” Because of that, “today there is still no state relief and federal unemployment benefits have expired for months.”
Remember Florida hasn’t even passed ONE relief bill for COVID19. We requested a special legislative session back in April to make it happen but were denied by the GOP majority. Today there is still no state relief and federal unemployment benefits have expired for millions.
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) December 27, 2020
She concluded that “we have so much work to do in this state and country.”
Over the weekend, President Trump doubled down on his effort to raise the amount of money given to Americans. Initially, lawmakers aimed to direct $600 to Americans, but the President voiced his disapproval in a video statement, and this got him praise from progressives who agree that $2,000 should be provided for Americans as they continue to financially struggle as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, though some colleagues have supported the President’s call for a higher stimulus check, Eskamani has joined Vice President Joe Biden (D) in slamming the President for not signing the bill currently in place. The bill has received criticism from across party lines for being filled with “pork,” but Eskamani and Biden have noted that the bill contains money crucial to helping Americans at a time when the economy is struggling because of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.
“unbelievable that we are here right now with no relief coming from our state and federal relief still an unknown,” she commented.