Trump threatens to torpedo COVID relief with new demands




, Trump threatens to torpedo COVID relief with new demands

President Donald Trump late Tuesday threatened to torpedo Congress’ huge pandemic reduction bundle within the midst of a raging pandemic and deep financial uncertainty, instantly demanding adjustments fellow Republicans have opposed.

Trump assailed the bipartisan $900 billion bundle in a video he tweeted out Tuesday evening and steered he might not signal it. He mentioned the invoice would ship an excessive amount of cash to overseas nations, however not sufficient to People.

The invoice supplies for a $600 cost to most People, however Trump mentioned he’s asking Congress to amend the invoice and “improve the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $four,000 for a pair. I’m additionally asking Congress to eliminate the wasteful and pointless gadgets from this laws and to ship me an appropriate invoice.”

The reduction bundle was a part of a hard-fought compromise invoice that features $1.four trillion to fund authorities businesses by September and accommodates different end-of-session priorities resembling cash for cash-starved transit techniques, a rise in meals stamp advantages and about $four billion to assist different nations present a COVID-19 vaccine for his or her individuals.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi rapidly responded to Trump’s tweet with certainly one of her personal, all however daring Trump’s Republican allies in Congress to satisfy the president’s demand for much greater funds. “Ultimately, the President has agreed to $2,000,” she tweeted. “Democrats are able to convey this to the Ground this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”

However Republicans have been reluctant to spend extra on pandemic reduction and solely agreed to the large year-end bundle as time dwindled for a closing deal. And Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic chief, mentioned “Trump must signal the invoice to assist individuals and preserve the federal government open,” and Congress would step up for extra support after.

Nonetheless, Pelosi was anticipated to place Trump’s proposal ahead Thursday for a vote.

The Senate cleared the massive bundle by a 92-6 vote after the Home authorized it by one other lopsided vote, 359-53. These votes totals could be sufficient to override a veto ought to Trump resolve to take that step.

The reduction bundle was introduced ahead Monday afternoon and sped by the Home and Senate in a matter of hours as lawmakers labored to shut the books on the yr. Whereas many lawmakers complained about being given so little time to learn the invoice, they overwhelmingly voted for it as native companies and constituents search financial reduction from the pandemic

After months of partisanship and politicking about pandemic reduction, the logjam broke after President-elect Joe Biden urged his celebration to just accept a compromise with prime Republicans that’s smaller than many Democrats would have preferred.

The reduction invoice Trump is criticizing would set up a short lived $300 per week supplemental jobless profit and a $600 direct stimulus cost to most People, together with a brand new spherical of subsidies for hard-hit companies, eating places and theaters and cash for faculties, well being care suppliers and renters going through eviction.

Earlier within the day, Biden applauded lawmakers for his or her work. He described the bundle as removed from good, “however it does present very important reduction at a important time.”

He additionally mentioned extra reduction could be wanted within the months forward. “We’ve our first trace and glimpse of bipartisanship,” Biden mentioned. “On this election, the American individuals made it clear they need us to achieve throughout the aisle and work collectively.”

Trump once more held no public occasions on the White Home. He has refused to just accept the truth of his loss and claimed incorrectly in his tweet Tuesday that if Congress did not ship him an appropriate invoice, then the following administration must ship a pandemic reduction bundle “and possibly that administration shall be me and we’ll get it finished.”

After tweeting his risk, he criticized fellow Republicans within the Senate who should not supportive of an effort to dam Congress from affirming Biden’s victory within the November election. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. mentioned resembling effort would “go down like a shot canine.”