Democrat Demands for Direct Checks Increase: ‘Let’s Send Out $2k Monthly Checks’

Newsom Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, on a reintroduction of a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Also pictured is Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right. (AP …
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Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) joined far-left members of the “Squad” in demanding $2,000 direct checks for the American people, but took the request a step further, calling for the checks to be “monthly.”

“We cannot afford to wait any longer. Let’s send out $2k monthly checks,” Khanna said Tuesday as Democrats continue to clamor over President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion spending plan, which includes $1,400 checks rather than $2,000:

Last week, Khanna suggested that Democrats, who will have a majority in the Senate, take it a step further and provide Americans with $2,000 per month “every month, until this crisis is over”:

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), a far-left member of the “Squad,” also said last week that the checks should be “recurring.” She later emphasized they are “survival” checks rather than “stimulus” checks:

Other members of the “Squad” weighed in following the reveal of Biden’s plan, which falls short of providing $2,000 checks as Democrats promised. However, Biden and his team contend they are meeting the goal when combining the $1,400 with the $600 from the $2.3 trillion government spending and coronavirus relief measure President Donald Trump signed last month.

“$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said, according to the Washington Post.

Freshman Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) shared the same sentiment:

“$600 wasn’t enough,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said last week. “The American people are struggling to make ends meet and need relief. We must immediately pass $2,000 survival checks”:

The clash over increasing relief checks follows Trump’s demand for Congress to raise the amount. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rejected the Democrats’ standalone measure to increase the total, offering his own proposal which combined increasing checks with addressing Section 230 and establishing a commission to investigate allegations of voter fraud. He later accused his Democrat colleagues of advocating socialism for rich people.

Last week, Biden stated his administration will “finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most.”

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