Trump assails COVID relief bill, suggests he may not sign
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is attacking the bipartisan $ 900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress has just passed and suggesting that it may not be signed.
Trump complained in a video that he tweeted Tuesday night that the bill shipped too much money overseas, but not enough for Americans.
The bill calls for a payment of $ 600 for most Americans, but Trump said he is calling on Congress to change the bill and "increase the ridiculously low $ 600 to $ 2,000 or $ 4,000 for a couple. I also urge Congress to remove the wasteful and unnecessary points in this legislation and send me an appropriate invoice. "
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The aid package was part of a highly competitive compromise bill that includes $ 1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September and includes other end-of-session priorities such as: B. money for lack of money transit systems, an increase in benefits for food stamps, and about $ 4 billion to help other nations provide a COVID-19 vaccine to their populations.
The relief package was brought forward Monday afternoon and sped through the House and Senate in a matter of hours while lawmakers worked to close the books of the year. While many lawmakers complained that they were given so little time to read the bill, they overwhelmingly voted in favor as local businesses and constituents seek economic relief from the pandemic
The Senate approved the package 92-6 after the House approved it in another unilateral vote 359-5. Those votes would be enough to override a veto if Trump chooses to take this step.
After months of partisanship and bailout policy, the traffic jam broke after President-elect Joe Biden urged his party to accept a compromise with top Republicans that is smaller than many Democrats would like.
The bill provides temporary additional unemployment benefits of $ 300 per week and a direct stimulus payment of $ 600 for most Americans, as well as a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants and theaters, as well as money for schools, healthcare providers and renters who stand before eviction.
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