A FRUSTRATED Republican has called for the government to give $10,000 stimulus checks to all Americans.
Arizona Republican representative Paul Gosar has submitted the last-minute amendment to Biden’s huge coronavirus package.
The US house of representatives passed Biden’s $1.9trillion Covid relief package including $1400 stimulus checks yesterday.
The bill made through the lower chamber by 219-212 with every Republican and two Democrats voting against the measures, which will now go to the Senate.
The package would also allocate billions to Covid-19 vaccination efforts and testing, schools, state and local governments and emergency jobless benefits.
But now Gosar has submitted an amendment which slashes non-relief spending to give American citizen $10,000 stimulus checks instead.
He told Fox News: “I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns.
“Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”
The amendment calls for cuts to funding for “vaccine confidence activities”, foreign aid, arts, federal and corporate transit projects.
Gosar submitted the plan in the hope to show that congress could give more cash back to the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable people by removing non-coronavirus funding.
He added: “People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,”
“The government broke it. Now the government must fix it.
“The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,”
He went on to explain that a $10,000 stimulus check should considered “a down payment”, but the amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.
The discussion on another relief package comes as the US continues to grapple with the effects of the ongoing Covid pandemic.
Last week, the country recorded a grim milestone: more than 500,000 deaths since the pandemic began.
Around 28.4million people have been infected with the virus in the US, according to the latest figures.