U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) are supporting President Donald J. Trump’s push for direct COVID-19 relief payments to the American people to be increased from $600 to $2,000 per eligible adult.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where its fate is still uncertain.
However, both of Georgia’s senators are backing the effort.
Perdue announced his position in a Fox News interview on Tuesday, followed by a tweet — as did Loeffler.
— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) December 29, 2020
“I agree with [President Trump] — we need to deliver $2,000 direct relief checks to the American people,” Loeffler tweeted.
She had earlier in the day indicated she would support the Trump-backed legislation.
“I’ve stood by the president 100% of the time. I’m proud to do that and I’ve said, absolutely, we need to get relief to Americans now and I will support that,” Loeffler said in an interview with Fox News.
Perdue, appearing on America’s Newsroom, said, “I’m delighted the President signed [additional COVID relief] into law on Sunday night. I spoke with him many times over the holiday. He’s concerned about getting this to the American people… In the bill we just passed, 60% was reprogrammed money from the first CARES Act. So when the President looked at this, he was very concerned that we didn’t go far enough to help people in the back end of this COVID crisis. This should have been done four months ago… We were obstructed in the Senate by the Democrats who were playing presidential politics the first time in November, and now they’re playing senatorial politics before the January 5 election.”
“I’m delighted to support the President in this $2000. It’s really a $1400 increment over what we’ve done… It’s the right thing to do for people in Georgia,” he added.
President Trump will campaign in Dalton with Perdue and Loeffler on Monday evening.
“We’re going to get the vote out — that’s why he’s coming,” Perdue commented. “We’re going to drive the vote on Tuesday. It’s very important for America — the eyes of the world are on us right now. We know what’s at stake here, we will hold this line against this radical socialist agenda, and make sure that the road to socialism does not come through the state of Georgia.”
Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com