President Trump's response to the second coronavirus aid package has shaken Mitch McConnell's plan to keep the aid package below $ 1 trillion.
The president received the second coronavirus stimulus package on December 22nd, which was tied to a government spending bill. Trump attacked the law in a Twitter video, claiming it was doing a lot for foreign interests, but leaving Americans short.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
"The bill that you want to send back to my desk is very different from what I expected," says Trump in the video. "It really is a shame."
Trump added that none of the lawmakers who drafted the bill actually read it because of its length and complexity. He then began listing the amounts of foreign aid the bill was sending to other countries and programs in the United States before berating Congress for failing to help Americans.
"Congress found a lot of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests and sent the basics to the American people that need it," said Trump.
Coronavirus stimulus checks ($ 600) and federal unemployment benefits ($ 300) in the second package are half what they were in the first round. However, Trump urged Congress to increase the number of stimulus checks for couples to $ 2,000 and $ 4,000.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, who has been at odds with Trump since his election, confirmed his position for major coronavirus stimulus checks on Twitter.
"Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the president wanted for direct controls," Pelosi tweeted, blaming GOP lawmakers. “Finally the president has approved $ 2,000 – the Democrats stand ready to unanimously speak up this week. Let's do that! "Pelosi wrote.
Trump and Pelosi's statements put considerable pressure on McConnell and Chuck Schumer, both of whom accepted the bill. Not only did Schumer express his approval of the bill, but after Pelosi backed the increase in stimulus checks, he urged Trump to pass the bill as it says Congress could bring more relief in the future.
"Trump needs to sign the bill to help the people and keep the government open and we're excited that Americans need more help," he wrote on Twitter, noting that the Democrats had spent "months" trying to Include $ 2,000 stimulus checks.
Congress passed the $ 2.3 trillion package to fund the government and exonerate Americans by 92-6 votes on Tuesday. Trump has until next Monday to sign the bill. The coronavirus pandemic has not abated at all and is well on its way to killing more than 400,000 people.