MARJORIE Taylor Greene has slammed stimulus check payments saying the "real goal" of the federal aid to make Americans "permanently dependent" on the government.
The congresswoman issued the remarks in a Monday morning tweet and said the government must "stop paying people not to work in our country."
Greene shared an image of what appears to be a notice left on the window of a restaurant, titled "Please Be Patient."
While unclear where the notice was posted and when, it reads: "We appreciate our employees who show up to work. All restaurants are understaffed, at this time, due to a lack of interest in submitting an application for employment.
"We are simply unable to compete with all the various government benefits that are available and being received."
Speaking to the note, Greene wrote: "We must stop paying people not to work in our country.
"The real goal of extended shutdowns by the Dems is to make people permanently dependent on government."
The post quickly garnered a host of responses, with many criticizing the conservative firebrand over apparent hypocrisy – stemming from her opposition to imposing a $15 minimum wage.
"I thought you opposed the minimum wage Marjorie !!! Dont you think if employers paid a decent wage that they will attract staff?" wrote Peter Bentley.
Deion Williams similarly remarked: "Orrr just maybe if the restaurant would stop paying people $2.13 an hour and offer them a livable wage and allow them to keep the tips then they wouldn’t have a shortage. You see how that works? This debunks all those debates about cutting employees due to wages. Raise the wage."
"Does that extend to nominal members of Congress?" Jeal Jaures asked of her remarks about stopping paying "people who don't work."
"Such as a freshman representative from NW Georgia. Who does nothing but yap. Yap, yap, yap," he continued.
Kel Varnsen added: "We're paying you, and you don't even sit on any committees."
Greene was relieved of her committee assignments in February following uproar over her past incendiary comments and apparent support of violence against Democrats.
She also came under fire for her history of trafficking in racism, anti-Semitism and baseless conspiracy theories.
Last month, Greene drew bipartisan ire when she attempted to delay the final passage of President Joe Biden's landmark $1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan, which brought a third round of stimulus payments to millions of Americans.
She filed a motion to adjourn, which failed by a 235-149 vote, with 40 Republicans voting with Democrats against adjourning the session.
"40 Republicans voted with Democrats to move forward with the $1.9 Trillion woke progressive Blue State Bailout,” Greene tweeted moments later.
There has been support among a number of Democrats for either a fourth round of stimulus relief or recurring payments until the end of the pandemic.
Biden is being urged to include more COVID relief in the $2.3 trillion Build Back Better infrastructure plan he is now formulating.
About 20 Democratic U.S. senators, including Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts urged him to include additional payments in the plan.
The senators wrote: "Families shouldn’t have to worry about whether they’ll have enough money to pay for essentials in the months ahead as the country continues to fight a global pandemic.”
New analysis of census data from the nonprofit Economic Security Project (ESP) shows most people used their recent $1,400 checks to pay for essentials including food and bills.
In the letter, the senators say almost six in ten people thought the payments would last them less than three months.
And just one more direct payment would lift 6.6 million Americans out of poverty, according to a study by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
But the battle to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID rescue package last month highlights the obstacles of getting a fourth stimulus check passed.
The bill got no support from Republicans in Congress, who all voted against it.
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