POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Romney against $2,000 checks: “Someone’s got to pay for that”

Dec 30, 2020, 7:17 AM | Updated: 9:19 am

romney president...

A growing number of Republican senators support $2,000 stimulus checks, although Utah Senator Mitt Romney is not among them. (PHOTO: The Deseret News via AP)

(PHOTO: The Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — As it turns out, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is not among a growing number of Republican senators supporting the call for increased $2,000 stimulus checks.

“We can’t just have free money”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently blocked a Democratic effort to unanimously approve a bill the House passed to increase the amount of direct payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000.

Interestingly enough, Romney also opposed the $600 direct payments that were eventually added to the bipartisan aid package approved last week. While he eventually voted for the bill, the payments were not part of the original plan he helped negotiate.

 

Romney said he supported stimulus checks at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but he argues it no longer is the best way to help most people.

“The economy is showing good signs of life, so we’re not looking for a stimulus. We’re looking to help people in need,” Romney told the Deseret News. 

Reasons against $2,000 stimulus payments

Instead, he argues the unemployed, small businesses and rural hospitals are the most in need at this point.

He also cited the national debt as a reason against stimulus checks.

“Someone’s got to pay for that,” Romney said. “We can’t just have free money. There’s got to be taxation. We have to pay interest on the debt.”

Utah Sen. Mike Lee has not shared his opinion yet on increasing direct payments.

Utah’s Republican Representatives, Chris Stewart and John Curtis, voted against the bill, while Rob Bishop did not vote. Democratic Representative Ben McAdams voted in favor of it.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

This composite image shows former President Donald Trump (center), Stormy Daniels (top left), Micha...

Kaanita Iyer, CNN

Here are the key players in Trump’s hush money trial

Originally Published: 15 APR 24 07:00 ET Updated: 21 APR 24 20:26 ET (CNN) — Opening statements in Donald Trump’s criminal New York hush money trial are set to begin Monday, more than a year after the former president was indicted in the case. The trial, which made its way swiftly through jury selection last week, is expected […]

12 hours ago

Former Arkansas governor and U.S. Sen. David Pryor, a Democrat who was one of the state's most belo...

ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press

David Pryor, former governor and senator of Arkansas, dies at age 89

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas governor and U.S. Sen. David Pryor, a Democrat who was one of the state’s most beloved political figures and remained active in public service in the state long after he left office, has died. He was 89. Pryor, who went undercover to investigate nursing homes while a congressman, […]

2 days ago

Pro-Palestinian activists demonstrate outside the Capitol in Washington....

Stephen Groves and Lisa Mascaro

The House passes billions in aid for Ukraine and Israel after months of struggle

A $26 billion package aiding Israel and providing humanitarian relief to citizens of Gaza passed through the House today.

2 days ago

A man carries a Free TikTok sign in front of the courthouse where the hush-money trial of Donald Tr...

Mary Clare Jalonick and Haleluya Hadero

The House votes for possible TikTok ban in the US, but don’t expect the app to go away anytime soon

The House has passed legislation that would ban TikTok in the United States, but that doesn't mean the app is going anywhere anytime soon.

2 days ago

The word "privacy" is nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. But with technology changing things by the ...

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: Should we have a consumer right to privacy?

A bipartisan proposal would define privacy as a consumer right and create new rules for data collection companies to follow.

2 days ago

two people shown with wraps over themselves as they use the cbp one app...

Peter Johnston

Utah lawmakers push bill to stop undocumented immigrants from boarding planes

The CBP One app allows people immigrating to the U.S. to set up an appointment with customs before they land at a port of entry.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Romney against $2,000 checks: “Someone’s got to pay for that”