President Joe Biden is getting criticism from both the left and the right for claiming his American Rescue Plan will help Americans struggling during the pandemic by offering a $2,000 stimulus – an amount also pushed for by Trump.
“$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying your rent and putting food on the table,” Biden tweeted on Saturday, referring to the $600 stimulus payment passed in the final weeks of Trump’s presidency.
Biden went on to claim his $1.9 billion American Rescue Plan, which he has urged Congress to pass sooner rather than later, “finishes the job of getting $2000 to folks who need it most.”
$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying your rent and putting food on the table. That’s why my American Rescue Plan finishes the job of getting $2,000 to folks who need it most.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 30, 2021
Biden may not have intended it, but his tweet aligns him with former opponent Trump, who criticized Congress in December for a Covid-19 stimulus bill that offered a “ridiculously low” $600 direct payment to Americans, and he pushed for the same $2,000 payment Biden appears to be calling for now.
You promised $2k checks. You weren’t president when those $600 checks went out. That was Trump money. You campaigned on $2k checks. Not $1,400 checks. Under Trump we got $1,800. You’re already trying to give us less than that clown. To be better than him, you gotta do better. https://t.co/QSayuXTQmH
— AshleyStevens (@The_Acumen) January 30, 2021
Biden’s America Rescue Plan, however, offers a $1,400 stimulus payment, a one-time deposit other Democrat lawmakers have called too low. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and numerous other House members called this week for Biden to offer recurring $2,000 payments until the economy is completely reopened.
Biden previously promised a $2,000 stimulus payment “immediately” when he took over as president. Even with Democrats in control of both the House and Senate, though, this has not happened.
Critics have taken to social media to accuse Biden of paying lip service with his repeated calls for higher Covid payments, and to question the bizarre math behind his supposed $2,000 stimulus payments – as his plan actually offers $1,400, which only goes up to $2,000 if you count the stimulus passed while Trump was president.
$1,400 is not $2,000. You promised $2,000 checks right up until you actually got power, than all of a sudden it was “bringing the total up to $2,000” and “finishing the job.”
— Tray Of Games (@games_tray) January 30, 2021
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