Sanders Blasts Democrats For Blocking $1.8 Trillion COVID-19 Relief And Now Accepting Half That


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) ripped Democratic leaders on Monday for backing a $908 billion COVID-19 relief package after rejecting a $1.8 trillion proposal from President Donald Trump in October. Sanders appeared on CNN and host Jake Tapper asked whether it was a mistake for Democrats to have rejected the president’s compromise plan. “That’s right. … That’s what I’m saying,” Sanders said. Trump’s $1.8 trillion proposal likely would have included $1,200 direct payments to millions of Americans. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was demanding a $2.2 trillion bill at the time and refused any compromise. The $908 billion plan, meanwhile, does not include the $1,200 payments, which were part of Congress’ first stimulus package in March.

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