U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) is among Democrats furious with President Donald Trump (R) for cutting off COVID-19 relief talks until after the election during “the worst pandemic in a century.”
“The President has told his negotiators to stop working to reach an agreement on a COVID relief bill. One more example that he doesn’t prioritize the physical and financial health of Americans, in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century,” Sires said this evening.
His remarks came after Trump declared that he was done negotiating further COVID-19 relief packages with the House until after Election Day.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sires, and many of their colleagues in the majority had gotten behind the HEROES Act, which stands for Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions and at one point asked for $3 trillion in relief.
However, Trump tweeted that plan was simply a ploy to “bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19,” indicating that Pelosi supported a $2.4 trillion plan and refused to negotiate after receiving $1.6 trillion counter offer.
“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” the president also wrote.