Two governors also said the time for negotiations was over. On “State of the Union,” Michigan Housekeeper Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said she has long backed $ 2,000 stimulus checks, but it was too late in the process to make those kinds of requests.
“Sign the bill, get it done, and then if the president wants to push for more, let’s do it too,” said Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican who also appeared on the show.
Another governor, Jay Inslee of Washington, said Mr. Trump “chose to hold the entire relief program hostage.” Mr. Inslee, a Democrat, announced on Sunday that the state would provide $ 54 million in funding to nearly 100,000 people who lose their unemployment assistance benefits.
Despite harshly criticizing Mr. Trump, two elected progressive representatives joined the president’s call for increased out-of-pocket payments. On the subject of the “State of the Union”, Jamaal Bowman, Democrat of New York, affirmed that the president “made postures to be made, to bring back like the hero of the American people” after his defeat in November. But like Mr. Trump, he said Americans needed more help.
“It has to be at least $ 2,000, so he has to talk to his Republican buddies and say ‘give the people money,’” said Cori Bush, Democrat of Missouri, who also referred to the figure as 600. dollars of “slap in the face. people in pain.”
Democrats, who have long advocated increasing the amount of financial aid distributed across the country, plan to hold a vote on Monday to approve a stand-alone bill that would increase payments to $ 2,000. It’s unclear whether this legislation will stand a chance in the Senate, where Republicans have long resisted spending more than $ 1 trillion on pandemic relief.
Republican Senator Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania said he would oppose such a measure and urged the president to sign the bill, adding that “time is running out.”