In a stunning turn Tuesday night, President Donald Trump said that he may not sign the Coronavirus relief bill, which was approved by Congress on Monday.
He called the $600 stimulus payments ‘a disgrace’ and suggested that payments should be upwards of $2,000. Trump also asked Congress to put a suitable bill in front of him – one that doesn’t include “wasteful spending and much more.”
The $600 stimulus check number was actually put forward by his own Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as a compromise for Republicans who were concerned about giving too much.
“I am also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and to send me a suitable bill, or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package, and maybe that administration will be me,” Trump added.
It’s unclear at this point what’s next, or if Trump will come around to signing the bill. The stimulus checks were said to be ready for distribution by next week.
Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it! https://t.co/Th4sztrpLV
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2020
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