Senator Tom Cotton slams Biden's $1.9T Covid bill saying murderers like Dylann Roof will get $1.4K stimulus checks

SEN Tom Cotton slammed Joe Biden's $1.9trillion Covid relief package, saying it will give murderers like Dylann Roof $1,400 stimulus checks.

Cotton listed murderers who would qualify in a series of tweets on Saturday, but failed to mention that inmates qualified for stimulus checks in the previous two relief packages as well.


"Dylann Roof murdered nine people. He's on federal death row," the Arkansas senator wrote.

"He'll be getting a $1,400 stimulus check as part of the Democrats' 'COVID relief' bill."

He followed that up with a tweet about Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Bomber, murdered three people and terrorized a city," Cotton wrote.

"He'll be getting a $1,400 stimulus check as part of the Democrats' 'COVID relief' bill."

Cotton also brought up Aaron Shamo, who was "sentenced to life in prison for selling '1 million fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills to unsuspecting buyers," and will also qualify for a check.

Inmates are included among those who will receive stimulus checks in this relief package, but they were also included in the previous two packages, which sent checks of $1,200 and $600 to qualifying Americans.

Cotton voted in favor of both of those bills.


The comments come after the Senate passed Biden's $1.9trillion Covid relief package on Saturday, with no Republican support.

The bill has to go back to the House of Representatives now for approval, since the Senate did make some amendments to it.

It will then go to Biden's desk for final approval.

In addition to the stimulus checks, the bill will extend $300 per week unemployment benefits through September and offer more assistance in food, child care and rental protection for those struggling during the pandemic.

The Senate amended the bill passed by the House to lower the weekly unemployment benefit from $400 to $300, and put a lower income cap on those who qualify for stimulus checks.

Americans who make less than $75,000 per year and couples who make less than $150,000 per year will qualify for the full checks. They begin to phase out after that.

For this round of stimulus checks, the income cap was lowered to $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for couples.

Previous checks cut off at $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples.

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