President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump head to Marine One as they leave the White House on their way to Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private club, where they will spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Washington, DC on December 23, 2020.
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President Donald Trump on Friday continued to raise the number of direct payments that the massive Covid stimulus package should give Americans, but gave no indication as to whether he would sign or veto the existing bill.
“Called many times and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida. Why would politicians not give people $ 2000 instead of just $ 600? It was not their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!” Trump tweeted.
Covid legislation was passed overnight from Washigton and arrived at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida, where the president spends his vacation.
Lawmakers on Friday were still waiting to see how Trump would proceed with the end of the year and $ 900 billion Help package Covid-19 who passed both chambers of Congress earlier in the week. The bill contained one new round of $ 600 direct payments and aid to unemployed Americans, families and businesses battling the pandemic.
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Trump has condemned the bill, saying it contains too many provisions that have nothing to do with the pandemic and that it is too stingy with payments to average Americans.
After Trump’s initial comments on Tuesday about increasing the payment amount per. Person to $ 2,000, House Democrats rushed Thursday to schedule a vote to increase the payments the president demanded. But Republicans killed the bill and cast further doubt on the future of any impending economic relief for millions of struggling Americans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House Democrats would vote Monday on a stand-alone bill that would provide direct payments to Americans of $ 2,000 per person. Person.
Trump’s comments Tuesday sent Washington spiraling into chaos after lawmakers spent months concluding an agreement on the biggest legislation of the year, leaving many frustrated that Trump had waited so long to express his concerns after largely sitting out the negotiation process.
Before Trump spoke, all signs and expectations had been that he intended to sign the measure as soon as it landed on his desk. White House aides also said so much.
A top Senate Republican on Thursday urged Trump to sign the bill, adding that he did not support raising the payments.
“The best way out of this is for the president to sign the bill, and I still hope that is what he decides to do,” Roy Blunt of Missouri, chairman of the Senate Republican Political Affairs Committee, told reporters.
Asked whether a bill to increase direct debit checks from $ 600 to $ 2,000 would get the 60 votes needed to be passed in the Senate, Blunt said, “It would not.”
The legislation that Congress has already passed includes two bills that were combined: one was the Covid-19 legislation on stimulation and stimulus, and the other was a major expense bill to fund the government through September. If the spending bill is not passed, the government should start closing from Tuesday.