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Bloomberg: Perdue was “concerned” that Trump’s delay of inadequate $600 stimulus checks Perdue touted and Trump criticized would “harm his … prospects” in the runoff
ATLANTA — A Bloomberg report uncovered that the Senate’s “most prolific stock trader” David Perdue tried to “pressure” President Trump to sign the latest coronavirus relief bill in order to help his “prospects” in January’s runoff, and failed to embrace the increased $2,000 stimulus checks Trump and Democrats called for days before. Perdue has repeatedly refused to say whether he would support raising stimulus checks to $2,000.
In keeping with his record of “personally oppos[ing]” direct stimulus checks all year and saying he “held [his] nose” to vote for coronavirus relief, missing from the list of arguments Perdue reportedly made to Trump to sign the COVID relief bill was any size of direct stimulus checks. Senate Republicans only got on board with relief because Perdue was “getting hammered” for Republicans’ failure to deliver more pandemic aid to Americans amid Jon Ossoff’s tough scrutiny on Perdue leading the charge to cut unemployment benefits for families.
“Senator Perdue has no problem making a plea to Trump when he needs his flailing campaign rescued but for the past eight months, as Georgians have been in desperate need of aid, he was nowhere to be found,” said Braxton Brewington, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Georgia voters are done with Perdue’s games of only looking out for himself, that’s why they’re turning out this election to ensure this is Perdue’s last term in Washington.”
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