GOP Rape Tom Reid told CNBC on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s final opposition to a Congress-approved coronovirus relief package earlier this week is hurting America’s struggling Americans.
The $ 900 billion bill, with a government-funding measure, was passed with veto-proof prominence in both the House and Senate. But on Tuesday night, Trump attacked the package as an “insult” and demanded several changes, including making $ 2,000 in direct payments instead of $ 600.
“When you raise these issues at such a last minute, it’s very worrying,” Reid said on the “squawk box” before his fellow Republicans blocked a move to raise direct payments to $ 2,000 done. “I understand the President’s desperation … But blind-beaten people and doing it at the last second is not favorable to me, because it is the American people who lose in this battle.”
Trump has not said that he will not formally veto the bill or sign it instead. If he adopts the latter path, the bill will die and no action can be taken on the aid package until the new session of Congress on 3 January.
The $ 900 billion package will mark an epidemic-era expansion of unemployment benefits before it expires on Saturday. The provision includes 12 million people. The government could still close on Monday when a piece of the $ 1.4 trillion appropriation law is not signed.
Trump’s criticism of the bill has focused, in part, on foreign aid spending that was included in the larger government funding section.
Reid, a New York Republican who co-chairs the bipartisan problem Solverus Caucus, said he recognizes Trump’s concerns over foreign aid. However, he said that he should not be deterred by the need to provide financial assistance to Americans affected by the epidemic.
“Those people for whom we negotiated $ 900 billion are awaiting this relief,” Reid said. “People are being hired on Monday as they wait on the paycheck protection program. Thousands are going back to work. I guess the chairman: Please think about those people.”
Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, hopes to propose a new temporary spending bill that would separate the State Department and the Foreign Aid Fund from the large spending package. Democrats would probably oppose that plan.
Reid said, “What we’re doing should be focused on where we agree – $ 900 billion of emergency relief … people need to go out today. We all agree on this. We’ve Worked on. We found the common ground. ” “The idea of raising the check, we can potentially deal with later.”
Rape Josh Gotheimer, who is the co-chairman of Reid’s Problem Solvers Caucus, agreed. The New Jersey Democrat said that he supports the idea of large stimulus checks but did not want to delay the current agreement.
“We worked so hard to get this package together and get Democrats and Republicans on board,” Gottheimer said in the same “squawk box” interview. “We should sign this piece of legislation and then we should add it further. … But it makes no sense to blow up the whole thing and hurt people and weaken all pieces of this law, which is Is fragile. “
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.