Senate Republicans are currently negotiating with the White House for what to include in the next virus relief package.
The Trump administration was strongly in favor of a payroll tax cuts, but Senate Republicans feared that the impact on social security could be devastating, and instead voiced support for another round of stimulus checks. Not to mention, the millions of Americans who found themselves unemployed over the course of the pandemic won't benefit from a payroll tax cut.
Though the Trump administration's push for the tax cut fell through due to lack of support from GOP senators, Trump insisted on Twitter that it was actually the Democrats' fault.
The Democrats have stated strongly that they won’t approve a Payroll Tax Cut (too bad!). It would be great for work… https://t.co/1c5HyGTBXG— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1595520588.0
But Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) himself voiced opposition to the tax cut, saying:
"Social Security people think we're raiding the Social Security fund. And we are raiding it"
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Republican Senators instead intend to include a $1200 stimulus check to certain American families making up to $75 thousand a year.
At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, the President appeared to have given up on the calls for a payroll tax cut, saying they would "move on to the next thing."
People weren't buying Trump's attempt to pass the buck to Democrats.
@realDonaldTrump Republicans thought it was stupid too. Nice try.— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy) 1595520794.0
@realDonaldTrump Again, more lies from you. https://t.co/gUWPoYUpVA https://t.co/venMlq4c8P— BrooklynDad_Defiant Rep John Lewis! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant Rep John Lewis!) 1595523077.0
@realDonaldTrump Republicans didn’t ask for a payroll tax cut because even they opposed it. Now millions of unempl… https://t.co/hal14gxBIn— DNC War Room (@DNC War Room) 1595521933.0
@realDonaldTrump Seems like it was the GOP that pulled back after all. This Tweet didn’t age well at all.— Mark Bland (@Mark Bland) 1595537793.0
@realDonaldTrump Few Republican lawmakers supported the idea. They raised concerns about such a cut's impact on Soc… https://t.co/ragTPIvzMW— Jane M (@Jane M) 1595539512.0
The roasting continued.
@realDonaldTrump aren't you supposed to be the GrEAteST DeAl maKEr In ThE HiStORy oF THe UniVErSe? why don't you ro… https://t.co/GQsMSz0pWy— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1595520812.0
@realDonaldTrump The last time you did a tax cut all your rich friends got richer! No thank you! If I want a tax cu… https://t.co/mZ5IDVdheq— LovelyBones/Glassbutterfly (@LovelyBones/Glassbutterfly) 1595538320.0
@realDonaldTrump Payroll tax cut: -ZERO benefits for 10’s of millions unemployed -HURTS Seniors, drains Social Se… https://t.co/fKdNvHmcrf— AJ (@AJ) 1595539325.0
After Republicans complete inter-party negotiations on the second stimulus, the negotiations with Democratic senators will begin.