WASHINGTON – Lawmakers on Sunday called on President Trump to sign a comprehensive $ 900 billion aid package after millions of Americans lost their unemployment insurance on Saturday as the president suspended the fate of the measure by ruling on major relief efforts urged.
Mr Trump’s opposition to the bill’s signing carries the risk that millions of unemployed Americans will not get significant benefit, jeopardizes other critical aid to businesses and families that will expire by the end of the year, and increases the possibility of a government shutdown on Tuesday .
The president blinded lawmakers last week when he called a “disgrace” an auxiliary compromise that largely passed both chambers and was negotiated by his own finance minister and administrative officer. He hinted that if lawmakers did not increase the law’s $ 600 direct payment checks to $ 2,000, he could veto the move, and Mr Trump, largely absent from negotiating the compromise, doubled those Criticism on Saturday and offered little clarity about his plans. A White House spokesman declined to state what the president was up to.
“I just want to bring in $ 2,000 for our great people instead of the paltry $ 600 that is on the bill now,” Trump said said on Twitter on SaturdayOne day he continued to devote many of his posts to falsehoods about the elections. “Also stop the billions of dollars in ‘pork’.”
If the president fails to sign the $ 2.3 trillion spending package that includes $ 900 billion in pandemic aid and funding to keep the government open last Monday, coverage of two federal unemployment programs will which have expanded and expanded the benefits ended on Saturday for millions of unemployed.
“Neither of us totally liked the bill – it’s in the nature of the legislation, you won’t end up with anything perfect – but we passed it because that was the number we agreed,” said Illinois Republican representative Adam Kinzinger Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I don’t understand what’s being done, why, unless it’s all about creating chaos, showing power and being upset because you lost the choice. Otherwise I don’t understand because that will just be done got to. “
Several lawmakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders, regardless of Vermont, said Mr. Trump should not delay signing the laws waiting for him at his Mar-a-Lago estate and instead approve a separate bill that will contain the $ 2,000 checks provides.
“What the president is doing right now is incredibly cruel,” Sanders said on ABC’s This Week. “Given the terrible economic crisis in this country, we have to give every worker in this country $ 2,000, $ 500 for their child. But you can’t play around with the bill. “
Two governors also said the time for negotiations was over. Speaking on State of the Union, Michigan Democrat Gretchen Whitmer said she had long supported stimulus checks worth $ 2,000 for Americans, but it was too late to make such requests.
“Sign the bill, do it, and if the president wants to push for more, let’s do it, too,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who also appeared on the show.
Despite harsh criticism of Mr Trump, two elected progressive officials also called for larger direct payments. In State of the Union, New York Democrat Jamaal Bowman claimed that after his defeat in November the president “is taking an attitude to make himself and bring himself back as a hero of the American people”. But like Mr. Trump he said, Americans needed more relief.
“It has to be at least $ 2,000, so he has to speak to his Republican friends and say, ‘Give the people the money,” said Cori Bush, Democrat of Missouri, who also called the $ 600 figure “a slap in the face.” “denoted people who suffer.”
Democrats, who have long been campaigning to increase financial relief spread across the country, plan to hold a vote on Monday to approve a standalone bill that will increase payments to $ 2,000. However, it is unclear whether this legislation will stand a chance in the Senate, where Republicans have long been unable to spend more than $ 1 trillion on pandemic aid.
Pennsylvania Republican Senator Patrick J. Toomey said on Fox News Sunday that he would oppose such a move and urged the president to sign the bill, adding that “time is running out.”
“I understand he wants to be remembered for promoting big checks,” Toomey said. “But the danger is that if he allows this to happen, he will be remembered for chaos, misery and unpredictable behavior.”