President Donald Trump is set on getting Americans $2,000 stimulus checks, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said late Friday after meeting with the president.
"After spending some time with President @realDonaldTrump today, I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2,000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection," Graham said in a social media statement.
"Both are reasonable demands, and I hope Congress is listening. The biggest winner would be the American people," he added.
In the new packages, Congress "found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists, and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” Trump, who is at his resort in Florida for Christmas, said in a video message.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans on bringing House members back into session on Dec. 28 to vote on the proposal for $2,000 direct payments.
"If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction," she said in a statement, making no mention of the foreign aid.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) issued a similar statement about the aid, without mentioning the proposal to increase direct payments, or stimulus checks.
“It’s a really foolish, airheaded, left-wing socialist idea to pass out free money to people, so I part ways with the president on giving people free money," Paul said, adding that he feels checks should go to people without jobs.
Trump wrote on Christmas that he had made many calls and engaged in many meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach.
"Why would politicians not want to give people $2,000, rather than only $600?" he posted on Twitter. "It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!"