Trump wants to amend COVID-19 relief bill, calls it a “disgrace”
Congress wants to give Americans $600, Trump says Americans should be getting more
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Late Tuesday night, President Donald Trump tweeted a recorded video from the White House, expressing his opinion on the COVID-19 relief bill that was proposed by Congress Monday evening.
Trump says he wants Congress to amend the new bill to provide more direct payments to Americans. The bill says each person is to receive $600, which some legislatures have called “a joke”.
Trump agrees, saying it is “ridiculously low” and that citizens should be getting at least $2,000.
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low 600 dollars to 2,000 dollars or 4,000 dollars for a couple. I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation,” Trump said in his speech.
He did not threaten to veto the $900 billion stimulus bill, but he did make it clear that he’s displeased with it.
Statement by Donald J. Trump, The President of the United States
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
Also in favor of giving more money back to American citizens after 9 months in a pandemic, Nancy Pelosi tweeted Tuesday night that Democrats would unanimously vote for $2,000 checks.
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
Some Republicans have been against direct payments of more than $600, saying they would cost too much for the government in the long run.
It’s unclear if congress intends to make any changes to the bill as of this morning.