Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue commend President Trump for signing the US $ 2.3 trillion COVID-19 Relief and Government Funding Bill with US $ 600 in direct payments.
In a joint statement released late Sunday by Perdue (R-Ga.), He and Loeffler (R-Ga.) Welcomed the Commander-in-Chief’s decision to sign the spending package, although he did not have the last minute wish to the checks raise $ 600-2,000 and eliminate billions in foreign aid.
“Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, COVID aid is back on its way to the millions of Georgia families and businesses that need it most,” began the statement, touting $ 47 billion for Peach State.
Loeffler and Perdue, both of whom are fighting for their political survival in runoff elections to decide which party holds the Senate, had spent weeks announcing their support for the bipartisan package and $ 600 checks in campaign ads and dumb speeches across the state.
The two had also attacked their respective Democratic opponents for arguing that $ 600 checks weren’t enough.
Your support for the legislation was complicated last week after the president changed his position on the bill that had been negotiated for months by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on his behalf.
Last Tuesday, Trump called the bipartisan aid bill a “disgrace” and urged lawmakers in Congress to amend the bill and “increase the ridiculously low $ 600 to $ 2,000 or $ 4,000 for a couple” while proposing to pass it torpedoed if the changes were not made.
Loeffler and Perdue’s Democratic opponents, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, jumped on the change and agreed to the president over $ 2,000 checks.
In response, Loeffler said that she would consider encouraging a change in the value of direct payments if it “misuses wasteful spending”.
The statement by the two Georgia Republicans released on Sunday went on to say that “much” remains to be done to bring Americans relief – possible recognition of the president’s displeasure with the final control value.
“Make no mistake: there is still a lot of work to be done,” the statement continues. “We look forward to continuing to fight with the president to keep America great.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Also released a statement in which Trump signed the law thanking the president for avoiding a government shutdown.
“I applaud President Trump’s decision to get hundreds of billions of dollars of crucial COVID-19 aid out the door and into the hands of American families as quickly as possible,” said the senior Republican in the Senate.
“The compromise bill is not perfect, but it will do a tremendous amount of good for the fighting Kentuckians and Americans across the country who need help now,” he continued, also admitting that neither party would go away with anything they wanted.
“I thank the President for signing this relief, as well as for the one year government funding legislation that will continue the reconstruction and modernization of our armed forces that his government has advocated. His leadership prevented the government from closing at a time when our nation could not have afforded one. “
The president announced that he had signed the measure on Sunday but warned that he would demand that millions of dollars be cut from the bill.
“I will sign the omnibus and covid package with a strong message making it clear to Congress that wasteful items must be removed,” he said.