Ilhan Omar thinks there has been a lack of progress with recent COVID vaccinations under the Biden administration, especially compared to the Trump administration, according to Fox News.
“We obviously are now ultimately sending money to less people than the Trump administration,” Omar said. “You know, the Senate Majority Republicans were willing to. There are going to be 17 million people who will get less money. This is not the promise that we made. This is not what we are given the opportunity to be in the majority in the Senate and have the White House. So ultimately, it is a failure when we compromise ourselves out of delivering on behalf of the American people and in keeping our promises.”
"I see it as a really disappointing development. We obviously are now ultimately sending money to less people than the Trump administration," says Rep. Ilhan Omar on Covid relief.
"It is a failure when we compromise ourselves out of delivering on behalf of the American people." pic.twitter.com/MM8NAykxNk
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“So the last checks that we were able to send had given, you know, 17 million more people than we will ultimately do with the caps now,” Omar explained. “And that, you know, is going to be something that we’re going to have to explain and I don’t know if many of us have a logical explanation on why we are delivering less than what the Republicans were willing to compromise us on delivering on behalf to the American people.”
Democrats can’t blame Republicans for “our inability to deliver on the promises that we made.”
“This is just us now negotiating amongst ourselves,” she said. “The House is controlled by Democrats, the Senate is controlled by Democrats, the White House is in the hands of an administration that is a Democrat and so I don’t know how this makes any political sense and it certainly does not make any policy sense.”
From Fox News:
Omar seemed to be referring to numbers from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a left-leaning think tank. An analysis by the group estimated that under the Senate package, 11.8 million fewer adults and 4.6 million fewer children would be able to obtain direct payments than would have been able to under the House’s version.
CNN anchor Brianna Keilar then pressed Omar on her subtle praise for the Trump administration, asking her if the former president “wanted to deliver more in terms of checks for Americans” than the current president.
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Omar replied, “Yeah.”