Florida Senator Marco Rubio becomes the latest Republican member of Congress to support President Trump’s call for Congress to present him a bill to sign that offers $2,000 COVID stimulus checks or Economic Impact Payments (EIP) for all Americans.
In a statement, Senator Rubio expressed his support for the president and reminded Americans that for months Speaker Nancy Pelosi has held “families hostage” by refusing to pass a COVUD stimulus bill, and refusing to pass a $1,200 per person check measure.
“I agree with the President that millions of working-class families are in dire need of additional relief, which is why I support $2,000 in direct payments to Americans struggling due to the pandemic,” Rubio said. “For months, Republicans tried to pass additional relief for workers, families, and small businesses — only to be rejected by Democrats at every turn. Remember, months ago Speaker Pelosi and Democrats rejected the Administration’s previous offer of $1,200 per adult and $1,000 per child. Thankfully, she’s finally stopped holding working families hostage.
“I share many of my colleagues’ concern about the long-term effects of additional spending, but we cannot ignore the fact that millions of working class families across the nation are still in dire need of relief,” Rubio continued. “Congress should quickly pass legislation to increase direct payments to Americans to $2,000.
“I also stand ready to work with my colleagues to make much-needed changes to Section 230 and take steps to ensure the American people can once again have confidence in our elections,” Rubio concluded.
Speaker Pelosi and dozens of congressional Democrats applauded Trump’s call to bump up the individual payouts, but only after pushing a $600 per person pork-filled stimulus bill.
The Democratic-led House has already voted and passed legislation to send out the $2,000 checks.