Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is not happy with the Senate’s version of the COVID relief bill and said on Friday that it’s “a really disappointing development” that Democrats are sending money to fewer people than former President Trump did.
The Biden-backed stimulus bill is further limiting how many Americans will see a third stimulus check and Omar opened up to CNN’s Brianna Keilar over the development. She’s not just angry with Republicans. She also blames Democrats on the bill. There were eight Democratic senators who joined Republicans in opposing the minimum wage hike to $15 an hour as well and Omar was not thrilled over that either.
“I see it as a really disappointing development,” Omar bitterly pointed out. “We obviously are now ultimately sending money to less people than the Trump administration and the Senate majority Republicans were willing to — there are going to be about 17 million people who will get less money.”
t appears that Omar was referencing numbers provided by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. They are a left-leaning think tank. The group did an analysis of the Senate relief bill and found that “11.8 million fewer adults and 4.6 million fewer children would be able to obtain direct payments than would have been able to under the House’s version.”
Keller incredulously asked the Minnesota congresswoman: “You’re saying that Trump wanted to deliver more in the way of checks for Americans than Biden?”
“Yeah,” Omar flatly stated, grudgingly admitting that Trump wanted more stimulus relief for Americans due to pandemic hardships than Biden does.
“The last checks that we were able to send had given, you know, 17 million more people than we will ultimately do with the caps now. And that, you know, is going to be something that we’re going to have to explain, and I don’t know if many of us have a logical explanation on why we are delivering less than what the Republicans were willing to compromise us on delivering on to the American people,” she noted.
“We’re not going to be able to blame Republicans for our inability to deliver on the promises that we made,” Omar seemingly warned Democrats.
“This is not the promise that we made,” the Squad member stated. “This is not what we are given the opportunity to be in the majority in the Senate and have the White House. And so, ultimately it is a failure when we compromise ourselves out of delivering on behalf of the American people and keeping our promises.”
“This is just us now negotiating amongst ourselves,” Omar ruefully said. “The House is controlled by Democrats, the Senate is controlled by Democrats, the White House is in the hands of an administration that is a Democrat and so I don’t know how this makes any political sense and it certainly does not make any policy sense.”
Omar authored a letter in January of 2021 signed by 55 Democrats in the House of Representatives that urged Biden to support a plan for “recurring cash payments” to both “adults and dependents” payable to both U.S. citizens and “to all immigrant workers, refugees, and their families.” The requested amount would be $2,000 per month “until the economy recovers.” It would have been the largest per-person stimulus payout yet but the plan has gone nowhere and is not likely to ever be implemented.