#BidenLied: Critics Claim Biden Lied About the $2000 Stimulus Checks

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Joe Biden’s critics are claiming that the President “lied” about the promptness and the size of stimulus checks guaranteed throughout the campaign period in Georgia runoffs.

On Sunday, the hashtag #BidenLied started trending on Twitter after the Democratic Party shared a tweet outlining the President’s plans to have the $1,400 checks to most Americans. They stated that this amount would be paid on top of the $600 stimulus check previously passed. 

The Democratic party posted on Saturday, “[Biden] will build on the $600 down payment provided by Congress last year, sending an additional $1,400 to households across America, totaling direct payments to $2,000 per person.” 

It was January 14 when Biden announced his $1.9 Trillion “American Rescue Plan,” stating that he will, “We will finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most. The $600 already appropriated is simply not enough.”

Then a White House press release was issued six days later, citing the President’s plans to send out “$1,400 per-person checks.”

However, these numbers stirred controversy as people started using the hashtag #BidenLied stating that $2000 is not $1400.

Among the loudest voices to make a claim is podcast host Ryan Knight, who has been involved in a campaign that calls for a new political party for progressives.

Knight, together with other social media users, used the hashtag as they cite comments that were made by the President during the campaign period in Georgia runoffs last January. 

On January 4, Biden told a rally in Atlanta, “By electing Jon and the reverend [Warnock], you can make an immediate difference to your own lives, the lives of the people all across this country… because their election will put an end to the bock in Washington on that $2,000 stimulus check.” These words were uttered a day before in-person voting began.

Biden signed a series of executive orders since he entered the Oval Office on January 21. The orders, which do not need Congress’ approval, have included increases in federal food assistance and tried to streamline the distribution of stimulus checks, the $600 checks.

However, President Biden has encountered criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over his $1.9 trillion stimulus package and such amount not having successfully been established into law.

Not all features of his package have won bipartisan backing. A successful deal could take months of discussions when millions of Americans are continuing to struggle due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Biden has a “clear preference” to pass the bipartisan bill. She also added, “we’re also not going to take any tools off the table.”

Without enough Republican support to pass the plan, the Democrats could attempt to pass it using budget reconciliation rules, demanding a simple majority.

Experts have predicted that a package, including the fresh $1,400 payments, will be signed off between mid-February and the end of March.