Biden accuses Trump of breach of responsibility by refusing to signal COVID-19 financial aid legislation
President-elect Joe Biden accused Trump of neglect of duty as the soon-to-be former president played golf instead of signing a bipartisan stimulus plan.
President-elect Biden said in a statement to PoliticusUSA:
Millions of families don’t know if they can make ends meet because President Donald Trump refuses to sign an overwhelming, bipartisan Congressional law on economic facilitation.
This renunciation of responsibility has devastating consequences. Today approximately 10 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits. In just a few days, government funds will run out, jeopardizing vital services and paychecks for military personnel. An eviction moratorium will expire in less than a week, putting millions at risk of being evicted from their homes over the holidays. Delay means more small businesses will not survive this dark winter because they do not have access to the lifeline they need and Americans face further delays in getting the direct payments they deserve to cover those caused by COVID- 19 to deal with the economic devastation caused. And while there is hope with the vaccines, we need funding to distribute and administer them to millions of Americans, including frontline health workers.
This calculation is critical. It must now be legally signed. But it is also a first step and a down payment for further measures we need to take at the beginning of the new year to revive the economy and contain the pandemic – including meeting urgent funding needs for the distribution and administration of the vaccine and for the increase our testing capacity.
In November, the American people made it clear that now is a time for bipartisan action and compromise. I was encouraged to see members of Congress heed this message, reach across the aisle, and work together. President Trump should join them in making sure that millions of Americans can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads this holiday season.
If Trump doesn’t sign this bill, it will be dead in a few days when the current Congress ends. The consequence of Trump’s inaction will be that Democrats and Republicans will have to start over to pass a bill that Biden can sign on January 20th.
Millions of Americans need help now. You won’t make it 3-4 weeks before Joe Biden takes office. Americans are told to call Mar-a-Lago and tell Trump to sign the bill.
People can’t afford to wait. If Trump does not act, voters will have to express their displeasure in the Georgia Senate runoff election.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association