Trump to Use the Impoundment Control Act to Remove “Wasteful Spending”

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On Sunday, President Trump announced that he would use the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 in an attempt to have Congress drop what he referred to as the “wasteful spending” in an effort to boost the stimulus checks up to the amount that he demanded.

President Trump stated that he would be signing the Coronavirus stimulus package and the government spending bill. However, due to his disagreement with some of the amount allocated in the bill, he plans to use the Impoundment Control Act (ICA) of 1974.

The President also added that he would sign the bill and make multiple rescissions under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, “Upon sending the message, amounts proposed for rescission (that is, for permanent cancellation) may be impounded for a period of 45 days of continuous congressional session.”

President Trump said that it is his responsibility to protect the people from the economic devastation and hardship caused by what he referred to as the “China Virus.” He added that he understands that there are plenty of small businesses that were forced to close due to the harsh restrictions by states that are run by Democrats. Trump also said that there are many people that are back to work. However, he said that his job is not yet until everyone is back to work.

President said, “Fortunately, as a result of my work with Congress in passing the CARES Act earlier this year, we avoided another Great Depression.” He added, “Under my leadership, Project Warp Speed has been a tremendous success, my administration and I developed a vaccine many years ahead of wildest expectations, and we are distributing these vaccines, and others soon coming, to millions of people.”

“President Trump Delivers Remarks” (public domain) by The White House

He also said that as the President, he has told Congress that he wants less “wasteful spending” and instead place more money for the American people in the form of $2000 stimulus checks per adult and $600 for every child.

President Trump said that he would sign the Omnibus and COVID stimulus package with a strong message. He said that this message would clarify to Congress that these wasteful items have to be removed. He stated that he would “send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.”

In addition to this, the President also stated that he is signing the bill to bring back unemployment benefits, stop evictions, give rental assistance, add more funds for PPP, help airline workers back to work, and add substantially more funds for vaccine distribution and more.

Trump said, “On Monday, the House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000. Therefore, a family of four would receive $5,200. “The President also said that Congress has promised that Section 230, which unfairly benefits Big Tech companies at the expense of the American people, will be reviewed, and this should either be terminated and substantially reformed.”