WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says he wants the next coronavirus relief package to be “very generous” with direct incentive payments to Americans, potentially exceeding $ 1,200.
“It may actually be more than that,” Trump said in an interview with ABC affiliate KMID in Texas on Wednesday.
“I want to see that this is too much because I love people,” he said. “I want people to get it.”
The President did not elaborate on how much he is eyeing for direct payment. When he left the White House earlier in the day, Trump said his priorities for this next relief measure are payment and an expulsion moratorium. He said Congress could accept “later,” on other issues, that Republicans and Democrats “yet differ” on other key issues.
The Senate Republican stimulus plan released on Monday proposes $ 1200 per person for people with incomes up to $ 75,000. Democrats passed legislation in May that also included $ 1,200 in direct payments, with a similar structure to implement it in March.
However, negotiators on both sides indicated on Wednesday that when they met for the third time this week, they made no progress on the deal.
“We don’t have an agreement on anything,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters after a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.
Pelosi told reporters that Republicans offered the idea of a “skinny bill”, which he said “does nothing” to address coronaviruses, which he said Democrats are not accepting. Pelosi and Schumer are pushing for a $ 600 extension of unemployment benefit, which is due to expire by the end of the week. Meanwhile, Republicans have proposed $ 200 per week that would transition to 70 percent of a person’s prior salary in October.