Donald Trump demands bigger stimulus checks in $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress
WASHINGTON - In an unexpected video posted on Twitter Tuesday night, President Donald Trump denounced a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package that he was expected to sign up to Payments for Americans.
"It's called the COVID Relief Act, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID," he said in a video that was posted just moments after issuing a series of pardons for several allies. "I'm asking Congress to change this bill and increase the ridiculously low $ 600 to $ 2,000 or $ 4,000 for a couple."
The president did not say he would veto the bipartisan legislation, but should sign the measure along with a $ 1.4 trillion spending bill to fund the government. Trump urged Congress to remove "wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation," which appears to align the aid bill with the state spending measure.
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The roughly $ 900 billion move came with a $ 1.4 trillion spending bill that was supposed to fund the federal government by September 30, 2021 (fiscal year-end) to raise nearly 5,600 - Form side bill that represents one of the greatest laws Congress has ever tackled. The move also includes bipartisan regulations like the end of surprise medical billing and legislation creating Smithsonian museums for women and Latinos.
When Trump hinted at a threat to veto the bill that Congress passed Monday night, he also cited his efforts to somehow stay in office despite President-elect Joe Biden's victory in November.
"I also urge Congress to get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary elements of this legislation immediately and send me an appropriate bill, otherwise the next government will have to deliver a relief package from Covid," Trump said. The administration will be me and we will create. "
Trump will step down on January 20th.
Shortly after his video comments rejected the aid package, Trump tweeted another video cataloging his complaints about the election, a list of unverified and false claims of election fraud.
If Trump rejects the law, Congress could override it with a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate. The measure sailed through House 359-53 and in the Senate at 92-6.
Any attempt to veto the measure could delay Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's plans to send out the first wave of direct payments next week.
Trump claimed the bill would allow family members of undocumented immigrants to receive more direct payments than other Americans could get. The package does not provide for payments of $ 600 to be made to undocumented immigrants. Rather, citizens and residents who submitted a joint return with an undocumented spouse may receive payments in addition to dependent children.
The most recent round of economic activity - the fifth Congress passed since the pandemic started almost a year ago - was the result of intense negotiations over the past few days as lawmakers and its staff worked around the clock on a compromise far right criticism was too expensive and from the far left who said it did not go far enough to help the Americans.
The measure comes at a crucial time for the economy, as an eviction moratorium will soon expire and federal unemployment benefits will soon expire. Additionally, the bill provides money for COVID tests and newly available vaccines, which will not only save lives, but ultimately lead to a relaxation of social distancing measures and capacity limits that have put companies, especially restaurants, under pressure.
In a rare moment, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi encouraged Trump's demands in a tweet: "Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the president wanted for direct controls. Finally the president has agreed to $ 2,000 - the Democrats are ready to to have that spoken this week by unanimous agreement. Let's do it! "
Chuck Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Minority, DN.Y., tweeted, "We tried to secure $ 2,000 checks for months, but the Republicans blocked it. Trump must sign the bill to help the people and keep the government open and we look forward to further help Americans need. "
"Maybe Trump can finally make himself useful and get Republicans not to block it again," he concluded.
Brendan Buck, a former spokesman for GOP spokespersons Paul Ryan and John Boehner, noted that the bill was passed with "far more votes than necessary to override a veto, so there isn't really too much drama here." he tweeted. "But man, you're not that happy when you're an R who voted for the bill he's throwing on now."
Contributors: Ledyard King, Nicholas Wu, and Savannah Behrmann
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Stimulus Checks: Trump Pours Cold Water On COVID-19 Aid Bill
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