Republican Senator Pat Toomey said on Sunday that President Donald Trump will be remembered for creating “chaos and misery” at the end of his term if he vetoes the $900 billion stimulus bill passed by Congress and triggers a government shutdown.
“You don’t get everything you want, even if you’re president of the United States,” Toomey said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think the COVID relief measures are really, really important.”
“In my state, as in many other states, we have governors who are closing down businesses again,” the Pennsylvania Republican said.
“The Trump administration helped negotiate the bill, and if the president believes direct stimulus checks should be increased, he should approve the current proposal and return to Congress with a request for more aid, Pennsylvania’s Toomey said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Trump has demanded a $2,000-per-person checks, and Democrats are eager to push the increase forward, putting Republicans in a tough spot.
“I understand he wants to be remembered for advocating for big checks, but the danger is he’ll be remembered for chaos and misery and erratic behavior if he allows this to expire,” Toomey said. “The best thing to do is sign this and then make the case for subsequent legislation.”
Trump has taken no action on the stimulus bill that Congress approved last week, beyond expressing his displeasure with a series of tweets over the past few days.
Watch Toomey’s remarks in the video below.