Congress on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package that the Democratic-controlled House and Senate passed last week, rejecting the $1 trillion package as a “political ploy.”
The White House on Tuesday night had touted the package as an “ambitious plan” to create more than 2 million jobs, but the White House said in a statement it had not yet been fully vetted by Congress.
The package includes $1,000 tax credits for employers and workers for hiring up to 300 people per month, $1 billion for job training and $400 million for state and local government.
Congress had previously approved $1 million in spending for job-training programs, including $500 million for a new National Skill Training Corps and $200 million for new vocational training programs.
The White Trump administration on Tuesday also announced $100 million in job-related grants to states and localities.
The Senate and House passed the package by a vote of 221-201, with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate voting with the White Trump on every single issue.
In a sign of its displeasure with the President, House Speaker Paul Ryan said in his own statement Tuesday that the package is “the most anti-American, anti-business and anti-working-class package ever enacted by the Republican Party.”
Ryan said the package was a “big fat pork barrel” that does not add to the nation’s debt and was “a recipe for disaster.”