Trump threatens to not signal the COVID-19 invoice and needs main stimulus checks
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump travels from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington to West Point, New York
WASHINGTON (Reuters) President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened not to sign a $ 892 billion coronavirus relief bill, containing much-needed money for individual Americans, and said it should be amended to include the amount on the stimulus -Checks to increase.
The U.S. government’s operations are temporarily funded through December 28, pending the $ 1.4 trillion in federal spending for fiscal year 2021 that is also part of the bill.
If either no further emergency law is passed or a possible Trump veto of the legislation is overridden, it could lead to a partial government shutdown. The threat from the outgoing Republican president, who has been in office for less than a month, throws a bipartisan effort in Congress into turmoil to help people whose lives have been troubled by the pandemic.
“The bill that you want to send back to my desk now is very different than expected,” said Trump in a video posted on Twitter. “It really is a shame.”
The US House of Representatives and the Senate passed the laws with an overwhelming majority on Monday evening.
Trump said he wanted Congress to increase the amount of stimulus checks to $ 2,000 for individuals or $ 4,000 for couples, rather than the “ridiculously low” $ 600 for individuals on the bill.
Trump also complained about money given overseas, the Smithsonian Institution, and fish farming, including spending that is part of U.S. government funding legislation.
“I also ask Congress to immediately remove the wasteful and unnecessary elements of this legislation and send me an appropriate invoice, or the next government will have to deliver a COVID relief package. And maybe I am.” “said Trump, who continued to make unsubstantiated claims that he won re-election in November.
Trump, who will step down on January 20 when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, did not use the word “veto” in his statement.
The 92-6 votes in the Senate and 359-53 votes in the House of Representatives are well above the two-thirds majority required to overturn a presidential veto, although some Republicans may override a veto if Trump uses that power.
A bill can be changed if the Congress management so wishes. If it doesn’t, Trump has a choice of signing, vetoing, or doing nothing and making it law.
If the bill is changed it can be very difficult to do by December 28th. It took months for the parties to agree to the thousands of items not only in the coronavirus aid section but also in the $ 1.4 trillion deal to fund much of the U.S. government.
Even if the leadership wanted to change the bill, the entire House and Senate would have to vote on it. Also, many Republicans could opt out of the $ 2,000 direct payments as it would bring the cost of the bill to well over $ 1 trillion.
Two years ago, a record-breaking 35-day government shutdown was triggered when Congress sent Trump a government spending bill he believed would back him, only to see he refused it because he said funding was for the Building his vaunted US-Mexico border wall was insufficient.
Trump also said a two-year corporate meal tax break was “not enough” to help in troubled restaurants.
The White House made no objection to the legislation prior to its passage and has expressed any expectation that Trump would sign it. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was involved in negotiating the bill.
White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s intentions.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said in a tweet that Republicans would not say how much Trump would expect from the stimulus checks during the negotiations. She said Democrats are ready to bring his $ 2,000 check proposal to the House for a vote this week. It did not address Trump’s other concerns.
Trump’s complaints came just as the 5,500-page bill was being processed to be sent to the White House for signature by the President, who is due to leave on Wednesday afternoon for the remainder of the year at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm spend beach, florida.
Trump’s video was privately recorded at the White House with no reporters present and continued the recent boycott to appear at public events where he may have faced questions about his failed attempt to question the November 3 election results put.