Amash calls stimulus package 'a raw deal' for 'those who need the most help'

Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashFive things being discussed for a new coronavirus relief bill COVID-19, Bill Barr and the American authoritarian tradition Pelosi scrambles to secure quick passage of coronavirus aid MORE (Mich.) blasted the coronavirus stimulus package deal reached in the Senate early Wednesday, calling it “a raw deal for the people.”

“This bipartisan deal is a raw deal for the people,” the Michigan congressman tweeted. “It does far too little for those who need the most help, while providing hundreds of billions in corporate welfare, massively growing government, inhibiting economic adaptation, and widening the gap between the rich and the poor.”

The deal will reportedly include about $2 trillion in stimulus, including $500 billion for corporate liquidity as well as $367 billion for small-business loans, $100 billion for hospitals and $150 billion for local and state governments, along with a one-time payment of $1,200 to all Americans making up to $75,000.

Amash, the co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, left both it and the Republican Party last year after reading special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's conclusions, saying they had convinced him President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE should be impeached. Amash, known for his libertarian beliefs, has since frequently pushed back against his former fellow caucus members.