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Trump's demand for $2K checks for taxpayers could leave 100K unemployed Nevadans in limbo

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Posted at 10:03 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 08:02:45-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — President Trump went on Twitter Tuesday to denounce what he called wasteful spending and "ridiculously low" direct cash payments to taxpayers for COVID-19 relief while foreign countries and pet projects are awarded hundreds of millions of dollars.

RELATED: Trump says he does not support the bipartisan stimulus bill passed by Congress

The four-minute video describes the millions in foreign and lists a series of projects that appear to have nothing to do with COVID-19 economic relief.

"$2.5 million to count the number of Amberjack fish in the Gulf of Mexico, a provision to promote the breeding of fish in federal hatcheries," said President Trump regarding the COVID-19 spending bill.

The stimulus showdown comes after months of gridlock in Congress.

Both houses of Congress passed the massive deal just days ago.

"Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it," said President Trump.

"It wasn't their fault, it was China's fault, not their fault," added the President.

The President demanded the direct cash payments to be increased to $2,000 for each qualifying taxpayer and for all of the "wasteful" provisions to be dropped from the bill before he would sign it.

Congresswoman Dina Titus tweeted Tuesday evening that she supports increasing the direct cash payments.

Congresswoman Susie Lee echoed the same feelings on Twitter.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said his party worked for months to secure direct cash payments but were blocked by Republicans.

Former Nevada Assembly Speaker and current head of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation Strike Team, Barbara Buckley says any delay in relief for unemployment benefits, rental assistance or small business support is going to have dire consequences.

"What bothers me is that peoples lives are at stake here and in Nevada we have tens of thousands, 80 to 100,000 people who are going to lose their benefits on Saturday," explained Buckley.

"I think everyone felt like the rug was being pulled from underneath them," added Buckley.

The president indicated in the Twitter video that if a compromise is not reached, the situation would need to be handled by the incoming administration.

President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to be sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2021.