CNBC contributor Ben White told “The News with Shepard Smith” as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want to see President Donald Trump sign the critical legislation on Covid stimulus and government funding as millions of Americans are on the verge of losing their unemployment benefits.
“I think a lot of people both in the White House and in the Republican Party on Capitol Hill as well as Democrats hope that he [President Trump] calm down and simply sign the bill very quietly and say nothing about it, “said White, who is also Politico’s main economic correspondent.
Lawmakers from both sides have called on Trump to sign the bill as it stands.
“The best way out of this is for the president to sign the bill, and I still hope that’s what he decides to do.” Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo. “It took us a long time to get to where we are. I think reopening the bill would be a mistake.”
Representative Steny Hoyer, D-Md. From House Majority, appealed to the President’s pathos.
“Sure, the President of the United States, whether he’s in Mar-a-Lago “or somewhere else, should have compassion for the pain and suffering and fear and deep anxiety that the American people feel this Christmas Eve and sign this bill,” Hoyer said.
However, Trump has threatened not to sign Covid-19 relief agreement as House President Nancy Pelosi, D-California, calls her bluff and has sent the bill anyway. A senior Senate Republican aide told NBC News that the bill was flown to Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump spends Christmas.
White explained that there “could be” enough support to override a veto from Trump, saying the Senate is the wildcard.
“The Senate is the issue where Republicans have control and traditionally do not love to block things that the president wants or reject him in any significant way,” White said. “This could be different because Republicans really want this signed and done, and as we know, Trump is a lame duck president.”
One of the president’s demands included major $ 2,000 stimulus checks instead of $ 600. House Democrats tried to approve the larger payments on Christmas Eve, but Republican lawmakers blocked it. White noted that the debate over major stimulus controls is creating a complicated political situation in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race for Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
“Lots of Georgians, including Republicans, want to see these bigger controls,” White said. “The Republican candidates there are not necessarily supporters of them, but it puts them in an awkward position, especially now that Trump is registered and says he wants more stimulus control.”