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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Votes to Override President Trump’s Veto; Approve $2,000 Economic Impact Payments

December 28, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to override President Donald Trump’s reckless veto of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, as well as the passage of H.R. 9051, the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help Act of 2020, legislation that would increase the economic impact payments authorized by the new COVID-19 stimulus package from $600 to $2,000 per person.

“Following four years of chaos, the House of Representatives convened to respond to President Trump’s latest erratic whim by voting to override his remarkably dangerous veto of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” said Rep. Lawrence. “For nearly six consecutive decades, Congress has passed the NDAA to strengthen our national security and provide for the heroic men and women who have and continue to serve this country. Even though this year’s iteration passed in veto-proof margins in both chambers, President Trump vetoed the legislation because he is more concerned with defending deceased Confederate generals and continuing his ongoing feud with Twitter rather than providing our service members with a pay raise, giving paid parental leave for thousands of federal employees, and investing in our cybersecurity, mere days after possibly the largest cyber-attack in our nation’s history. Today, I was proud to stand with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reaffirm that our national security and service members are more important than President Trump’s unrelated, petty grievances.”

“Last week, in a bipartisan manner, Congress passed our annual government funding legislation combined with another COVID-19 stimulus package,” Rep. Lawrence continued. “Instead of promptly signing that legislation into law, President Trump’s cruel decision to wait several days allowed federal unemployment provisions to expire, causing further hardships on millions of Americans. However, for once, I do agree with something President Trump said—the economic impact payments authorized by this stimulus package should be substantially more than $600 per person. To address the financial hardships facing too many Americans, the House acted to provide meaningful assistance as our country continues to grapple with surging case totals and too many tragic deaths. Now that the House has promptly acted to increase the economic impact payments to $2,000 per person, I urge President Trump to work with Senate Republicans to swiftly follow suit.”