Congress passed a $2.3 trillion spending package on Tuesday, which included a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill that presented $600 stimulus checks to Americans. The problem with the stimulus checks is that it maxes out at $600, which is half as much as the previous coronavirus stimulus check from the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed in March. The other problem with the $600 checks is that Congress allotted billions of taxpayer money to pet projects, special interests, and foreign governments this week, including $10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan and the creation of a commission to warn “consumers about the dangers associated with using or storing portable fuel containers for flammable liquids near an open flame.”
The stimulus package, which has more pork than a slaughterhouse in Iowa, was presented in a 5,593-page document on Monday and gave Congressmembers only hours to read the entire document and vote by the midnight government funding deadline.
The package was lampooned by President Donald Trump, who rejected the package and instructed Congress to pay $2,000 for each American, and to increase the amount of financial aid to small businesses, especially restaurants. President Trump wasn’t the only one to ridicule the measly $600 stimulus check, the internet reacted with fire memes.
Y’all probably didn’t know this, but this tiny lil pocket on your jeans is for your second stimulus. pic.twitter.com/IpwKfFRaSj
— chief queef. aka hot comb. (@OhJodi_) December 22, 2020
— Josh 🍥 (@ripthevey) December 22, 2020
omg just got my stimulus check!! pic.twitter.com/pdgMZ2rG0x
— i can be your long lost pal (@PallaviGunalan) December 21, 2020
Congress passing the stimulus check pic.twitter.com/nB7TqIBSaB
— president-select jason jessurun (@JasonJessurun) December 21, 2020
— Elí (@Elieflowers91) December 20, 2020
[This week on House Hunters]
Husband: $600 stimulus check
Wife: $600 stimulus check pic.twitter.com/cXfJOzfvYn
— Steady (@SteadyIsFlying) December 22, 2020
this is the second stimulus check pic.twitter.com/Bm9Aw4HYMr
— monica (@Monicaa_Noble) December 18, 2020
— Lil Pinky Poo (@dmfpinks) December 20, 2020
There were even movie-themed memes, including the timely Christmas Vacation, making a reference to the United States sending $700 million to Sudan.
— Joshua Todd (@JoshuaRTodd) December 22, 2020
Opening up your stimulus check like pic.twitter.com/4YXiv8gRVw
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 22, 2020
— Mike Wendt (@MikeWendt) December 22, 2020
is there any movie that better articulates the $600 stimulus check than the Christmas bonus scene in Trading Places.
The smug self-satisfied Congress so out of touch they actually think they're making a real difference in the lives of Americans AND expecting a thank you in return pic.twitter.com/Ku0dN6yXik
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) December 21, 2020
There were many food-related memes.
BREAKING: Congress has announced that the next round of stimulus will be a pizza party
— big dumb idiot (@drunkenoprah) December 17, 2020
— Misanthrope (@Misanthrope1231) December 19, 2020
There were numerous memes pointing out how Americans were being treated like children.
BREAKING: Congress has just announced that instead of another round of stimulus checks, we will be watching a movie. pic.twitter.com/YBz7HMEsFN
— Eric (@familyfooddude) December 18, 2020
BREAKING: Congress has just announced that instead of a stimulus check, every citizen gets an extra hour in the ball pit. pic.twitter.com/eAhZaHjkg5
— Jtenzah is doin' o.k. (@JTenzah) December 17, 2020
Some people tore apart the authors of the bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), including Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky, who voted against the exorbitant package.
6 gallons and 1 quart
the quantity of Pelosi’s favorite ice cream you can buy with a $600 stimulus check.*
*taxes and delivery not included. ($12/pint price may vary based on location) pic.twitter.com/cQakobJP5O
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 21, 2020
— BlackScape 🦃🎄💥🍺 (@DragonBallBLK) December 22, 2020
Some noted that $600 after months of government-imposed lockdowns was way too little and way too late, and was like politicians spitting in their face.
A $600 stimulus after nearly 9 months pic.twitter.com/ctbzif2a0J
— Liz Jenkins (@ej11lizzie) December 17, 2020
Don’t be this person.
maybe the real stimulus check was the friendship we made along the way
— kelly (@BoyYeetsWorld) December 19, 2020
People theorized how the government will screw over Americans in the bill. Please don’t give them any ideas, they’ll actually do it.
the third stimulus check is going to be a $300 venmo request from nancy pelosi
— kegels for hegel (@doinkpatrol) December 18, 2020
Next stimulus about to be 15% off your next order of $25 or more on DoorDash
— ᴅʏʟᴀɴ (@TheRealMrTrees) December 17, 2020
the next stimulus check is gonna be a free pizza hut coupon for every american that reads 3 books all by themselves
— silent nate, holy nate (@MNateShyamalan) December 19, 2020
For the next stimulus check, you need to sell a certain amount of these chocolates to get it pic.twitter.com/DlMqiKqBzM
— Joe (@mojoejoejoemtz) December 17, 2020