Congressman Al Lawson blamed President Donald Trump on Wednesday for Congress’s inability to deliver a stimulus check to the American public.
Since April, the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate have failed to strike a deal on a stimulus package. The fruitless negotiations, meanwhile, have left millions of Americans and businesses struggling through the country’s COVID-19 ravaged economy.
Lawson, a Democrat representing a portion of Florida’s Panhandle, said Trump and Senate Republicans are to blame.
“It’s not us,” Lawson exclaimed. “We passed this package four months ago and we’ve been going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and now it’s time for action. We are set and ready to go so it’s up to them.”
Trump on Tuesday rejected a House Democrat stimulus proposal and ordered Republicans to halt talks until after the November election. He accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “not negotiating in good faith.”
Lawson, alternatively, told reporters that Pelosi wants to do “everything she can” to help Americans.
“The problem is we can’t get (it) because of the President’s position for the Senate to move on it,” Lawson said. “We were hopeful that we could get something moving this