US President Donald Trump attends a medal ceremony at the Oval Office in the White House on December 3, 2020, in Washington.
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President Donald Trump, in an astonishing tweet Tuesday night, called the $ 900 billion Kovid Relief Bill an unfair “insult” by Congress and urged lawmakers to make several changes to the measure, including large direct payments to individuals and families.
Trump also suggested that his administration could be the “next administration”, despite the loss to President-Elect Joe Biden. The relief legislation passed by Congress on Monday was attended by Treasury Secretary Steven Menuchin, a senior Trump administration official.
The president’s tweet, which included a video of him, discussed that he was considering several flaws of the bill, including foreign money for less than 24 hours after the measure was passed by the Senate. The foreign aid provisions are part of a $ 1.4 trillion measure to keep the government funded, which was combined with the Kovid Relief Bill.
Trump did not threaten the veto in the video, and he was expected to sign into law a bill to keep the government open. The law passed both houses of Congress with veto-proof prominence.
“I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and raise a ridiculously low $ 600 to $ 2,000, or $ 4,000 for a couple,” Trump said in the video.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The package includes increased job benefits, more small business loans, direct payments of $ 600 to individuals, and funding to help distribute Kovid-19 vaccines, among other things.
Lawmakers were trying to avoid the cessation of unemployment programs that would benefit 12 million people after Christmas. He also demanded a removal ban from lapsing. Without postponement, millions of people may lose their homes at the end of the month.
The size of direct payments was a key point in the final bill, which came after months of unsuccessful negotiations and false starts, all of which struggled to recover the economy and hundreds of thousands of Americans died of coronavirus.
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley and independent fighter Bernie Sanders, who communicated with the Democrats, put forward a $ 1,200 check for individuals who matched what the government sent to people during the first phases of the epidemic in spring Was.
Trump also said that if the Congress does not want to give a relief package, it will be left to the next administration.
“And maybe that administration will be me, and we’ll get it done,” he said.
Trump lost to Biden in the November election. Nevertheless, the president has continued to lie that he actually won the election, and was a victim of widespread voter fraud. Several judges have rejected the efforts of Trump and Trump’s allies to reverse Biden’s victory.
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