LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some elected officials and residents in Nevada are concerned about President Trump’s halt on negations for a new stimulus bill.
NOTE: Hours after instructing his administration to stop negotiating the next stimulus bill until after the general election in November, President Donald Trump tweeted that he wants Congress to do more. READ MORE.
“Where do we go from here,” asks Bernadeth Banaria, Las Vegas resident. “All I can do is pray that he would do good things for us and he would make the right decisions for our future.”
Banaria has been waiting for her Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims to be approved for months.
She was also hoping was for another stimulus check soon, until the president decided to stall the bill that would provide payments past the election.
“Not only have I been looking forward to it, but it’s also not all about political stuff, it’s about helping people,” Banaria said.
President Trump says that Democrats were playing political games in the negotiations for a deal.
“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,” said President Trump in a tweet. “I have asked Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.”
Leaders in the Silver State voiced their opposition to the halt on social media.
“We need a bipartisan package to get desperately-needed relief to frontline workers, small businesses, and hardworking families,” Sen. Jackie Rosen said. It's unacceptable for the president to walk away from the negotiating table.”
“Nevadans need help, and we need a Senate and president who care enough to act and pass the next economic stimulus package now,” Sen. Cortez Masto said.