While the largest economic stimulus package in US history included some checks for Americans and loans for small businesses, it does infinitely more for major corporations with no oversight to even attempt to keep them in check.
President Trump signed the largest economic stimulus package in US history, after it was passed by the House on Friday. However, lawmakers who hoped for a quick vote with no debate were met with opposition from one congressman who argued that House members were failing to do their most basic job—show up and vote.
While travel concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus left the House opting for a voice vote, Republican Congressman Thomas Massie warned he would push for a roll call vote, which require at least 216 members to assemble, in order for a vote to be held.
Massie took to Twitter where he wrote, “The Constitution requires that a quorum of members be present to conduct business in the House. Right now, millions of essential, working-class Americans are still required to go to work during this pandemic such as manufacturing line workers and healthcare professionals.”
While the package was eventually passed by the house, Massie’s opposition to fast-tracking the vote drew attention from President Trump, who also took to Twitter, referring to Massie as “a third rate Grandstander,” who is just trying to delay the bill for publicity. But while Trump called for throwing Massie out of the Republican Party, he has not been the only critic of these deal.
Today on the House floor, arguments were heard both for and against the deal. But members who voiced their opinions were limited to just one minute each.
As a reminder, while the $2 trillion dollar stimulus package includes direct checks for Americans, more than $350 billion dollars in loans for small businesses, and more than $100 billion for hospitals, it also creates a $500 billion government lending program, amid concerns the US is doing too much to take care of corporate America.
After days of debate, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate who voiced their disagreements over various provisions in the deal, came together to pass it with unanimous support.
While this stimulus package has the support of both President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who often appear to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, it has received criticism from fiscal conservatives who contend the deal is doing much more for corporate interests than it is for the hardworking Americans who will be impacted by the pandemic.
Independent Congressman Justin Amash argued that for $2 trillion dollars, Congress could double the checks and give every family of four $7,000 per month for three months. “This would be far more helpful to the people than the Senate bill,” he said. “It would aid everyone, prevent favoritism, and ensure the economy has the flexibility it need.”