Pat Toomey says Trump will be remembered for ‘chaos and misery’ if he doesn’t sign COVID bill

Republican Senator Pat Toomey said Sunday morning Donald Trump will be remembered as a president of ‘chaos and misery and erratic behavior’ if he doesn’t sign the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill by midnight. 

‘You don’t always get what you want, even if you are the president of the United States,’ the Pennsylvania senator said in reference to Trump’s demand for $2,000 stimulus checks. 

Toomey said during his interview with ‘Fox News Sunday’ that he opposes the president’s proposed increase of direct checks to $2,000 from the $600 price tag already included in the most recent bipartisan coronavirus relief legislation. 

‘I understand the president would like to send bigger checks to everybody,’ Toomey said. ‘I think what he ought to do is sign this bill and then make the case.’

‘I don’t agree with $2,000 to people who have had no lost income whatsoever, but the president’s free to make that case,’ he continued.

The nearly $1 trillion relief bill, lumped in with the annual government funding legislation, went to the president’s desk for signage last week – but Trump said, seemingly out of the blue, that he would veto the package.

‘I think the president has not actually explicitly said he is going to veto this bill. I take that as a hopeful sign,’ Toomey told Mike Emanuel, who was filling in for fellow Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday.

‘I think as he leaves office, he will — I understand he wants to be remembered for advocating for big checks, but the danger is he’ll be remembered for chaos and misery and erratic behavior if he allows this to expire,’ Toomey said. 

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey said Sunday Donald Trump will be remembered for 'chaos and misery and erratic behavior' if he doesn't sign the coroanvirus relief bill that went to his desk last week

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey said Sunday Donald Trump will be remembered for ‘chaos and misery and erratic behavior’ if he doesn’t sign the coroanvirus relief bill that went to his desk last week

'You don't always get what you want, even if you are the president of the United States,' the Pennsylvania senator said in reference to Trump's demand for $2,000 stimulus checks

‘You don’t always get what you want, even if you are the president of the United States,’ the Pennsylvania senator said in reference to Trump’s demand for $2,000 stimulus checks

The bill was overwhelmingly passed by Congress on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations led to the first bipartisan coronavirus relief package since March. Lawmakers vowed not to leave Washington, D.C. for Christmas recess until a deal was reached.

The president said he would go against the bill unless the payments, set to go out to most Americans, were doubled. He also railed against foreign spending included in the legislation.

Toomey insisted during his interview Sunday morning that it’s time for Trump to accept the results of the election and move on.

Trump still insists there was widespread voter fraud and ‘cheating’ that he claims proves he won the election over Joe Biden.

The president blamed China on Saturday night for the financial strain being felt by Americans impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time as Trump was tweeting, unemployment benefits lapsed for 14 million Americans due to his refusal to sign the bill – while a government shutdown also looms.

According to the Brookings Institute, 10 million unemployed workers lost boosted compensation Saturday while an additional 3.8 million workers are at risk of losing benefits within weeks.

Yet the president remained adamant that the current proposed legislation is not good enough. 

‘$2000 + $2000 plus other family members. Not $600. Remember, it was China’s fault!’ he tweeted from Palm Beach, Florida, where he is spending the holiday. 

Trump tweeted Tuesday: '$2000 + $2000 plus other family members. Not $600. Remember, it was China's fault!'

Trump tweeted Tuesday: ‘$2000 + $2000 plus other family members. Not $600. Remember, it was China’s fault!’

Trump refused to signed the COVID-19 relief bill as an estimated 14 million Americans lost boosted unemployment benefits Saturday, yet the president continues to insist it isn't good enough. Trump is pictured with First Lady Melania Trump in West Palm Beach on Wednesday

Trump refused to signed the COVID-19 relief bill as an estimated 14 million Americans lost boosted unemployment benefits Saturday, yet the president continues to insist it isn’t good enough. Trump is pictured with First Lady Melania Trump in West Palm Beach on Wednesday

Trump’s continued refusal to sign the bill would lead to the expiration of eviction protections and put on hold a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants and theaters, as well as money for cash-starved transit systems and for vaccine distribution

Trump has continuously blamed China for the pandemic, dubbing COVID-19 the ‘China virus’ and blaming it for the outbreak, and the shutdowns, closures and subsequent economic losses that followed.  

The end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill had been considered a done deal before Trump’s sudden objections. 

It remained in limbo early Sunday morning as the president continued to demand larger COVID relief checks and complained about ‘pork’ spending.  

Washington has been reeling since Trump turned on the deal after it had won sweeping approval in both houses of Congress and after the White House had assured Republican leaders that Trump would support it. 

Instead, he assailed the bill’s plan to provide $600 COVID relief checks to most Americans – insisting it should be $2,000.

Democrats had pushed for larger stimulus check from the off but even with Trump’s support, House Republicans swiftly rejected that idea during a rare Christmas Eve session. 

Yet Trump has not been swayed to change his mind, despite the rejections from his own party and in spite of the nation being in the grip of a pandemic.

‘I simply want to get our great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill,’ Trump tweeted earlier Saturday. 

‘Also, stop the billions of dollars in ‘pork’,’ he wrote, referencing additonal spending that had been latched onto the main bill providing financial relief to the nation. 

'I simply want to get out great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill,' Trump tweeted Saturday. 'Also, stop the billions of dollars in 'pork''

 ‘I simply want to get out great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill,’ Trump tweeted Saturday. ‘Also, stop the billions of dollars in ‘pork”

Lauren Bauer, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, calculated that 11 million people would lose aid from the programs immediately without additional relief from Saturday. 

Millions more would exhaust other unemployment benefits within weeks.

However, Andrew Stettner, an unemployment insurance expert and senior fellow at the Century Foundation think tank, said the number may be closer to 14 million because joblessness has spiked since Thanksgiving.

About 9.5 million people had been relying on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that expired altogether Saturday. 

That program made unemployment insurance available to freelancers, gig workers and others who were normally not eligible.  

After receiving their last checks, those recipients would not be able to file for more aid, Stettner said. 

Congress had last week approved that these payments could continue until March 14, with an added $300-per-week federal boost for laid-off workers. 

Yet Trump let the program end as he remained focused on stimulus checks. 

Ten million unemployed workers will lose compensation immediately from Saturday while an additional 3.8 million workers are at risk of losing benefits within weeks. Pictured a crowded food bank in Los Angeles in early December as the pandemic continues

Ten million unemployed workers will lose compensation immediately from Saturday while an additional 3.8 million workers are at risk of losing benefits within weeks. Pictured a crowded food bank in Los Angeles in early December as the pandemic continues

While payments could be received retroactively, any gap would mean more hardship and uncertainty for Americans who had already grappled with bureaucratic delays, often depleting much of their savings to stay afloat while waiting for payments to kick in. 

In addition to the unemployment benefits that have already lapsed, Trump’s continued refusal to sign the bill would lead to the expiration of eviction protections and put on hold a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants and theaters, as well as money for cash-starved transit systems and for vaccine distribution. 

The relief was also attached to a $1.4 trillion government funding bill to keep the federal government operating through September, which would mean that failing to sign it by midnight Tuesday would trigger a federal shutdown. 

President-elect Joe Biden had called on Trump to sign the bill immediately as the midnight Saturday deadline neared for two federal programs providing unemployment aid.

‘It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don´t know if they´ll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump´s refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority,’ Biden said in a statement. 

He accused Trump of an ‘abdication of responsibility’ that has ‘devastating consequences.’

Biden is pictured here, on his way to church in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday

Biden is pictured here, on his way to church in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday

Trump continued to ignore the requests from Biden, just as he continued to refuse to concede the election.  

Earlier on Saturday night, the president returned with another round of claims of election fraud in a fiery Twitter tirade in which he concluded ‘We will win’.

He blasted the FBI, the U.S. court system and the Department of Justice before declaring that the country’s electoral system is ‘like that of a third world country’.

Trump called on Republicans to help him fight for the presidency as he took further hits and the press and tech companies amid allegations of voter fraud that U.S. courts and the Justice Department have deemed to be unfounded.

‘Time for Republican Senators to step up and fight for the Presidency, like the Democrats would do if they had actually won,’ Trump wrote in a Twitter thread.

Earlier on Saturday night, President Trump returned with another round of claims of election fraud in a fiery Twitter tirade in which he concluded 'We will win'

Earlier on Saturday night, President Trump returned with another round of claims of election fraud in a fiery Twitter tirade in which he concluded ‘We will win’

‘The proof is irrefutable! Massive late night mail-in ballot drops in swing states, stuffing the ballot boxes (on video), double voters, dead voters, …fake signatures, illegal immigrant voters, banned Republican vote watchers, MORE VOTES THAN ACTUAL VOTERS (check out Detroit & Philadelphia), and much more,’ he added, despite his campaign having so far being able to offer no evidence to prove that any of these allegations were true and his lawsuits being dismissed.

‘The numbers are far greater than what is necessary to win the individual swing states, and cannot even be contested…. Courts are bad, the FBI and ‘Justice’ didn’t do their job, and the United States Election System looks like that of a third world country,’ Trump fumed.

‘Freedom of the press has been gone for a long time, it is Fake News, and now we have Big Tech (with Section 230) to deal with.

‘But when it is all over, and this period of time becomes just another ugly chapter in our Country’s history, WE WILL WIN!!!’ the president concluded.

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