President May Not Sign COVID Relief Bill

He wants bigger stimulus checks going out to Americans.

Late Tuesday, President Trump said he might not sign an $892 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes stimulus funds for individual Americans, largely because he is unhappy with the funding amount set for the stimulus. “It’s a disgrace,” he called the bill that was being sent to his desk.

President Trump said he wants Congress to increase the amount of the stimulus checks to $2,000 for individuals or $4,000 for couples, instead of the “ridiculously low” $600 for individuals that is in the bill.

He also complained about funds being provided for foreign nations, the Smithsonian Institution and fish breeding, gender studies in Pakistan, and money for the Egyptian military, among other spending that is in the part of the legislation to fund the U.S. government.

“I’m 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,” the president said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is ready to bring the president’s amendment for $2,000 checks to the House floor for a unanimous consent vote this week, but she did not address his other concerns.

The legislation that is also intended to keep the government open must be amended and passed by December 28.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Congress to consider the requirements of President Trump on increasing the amount for individual stimulus.
  • For members of Congress who support the high levels of “pork” spending in the massive bill that they passed, most of them never having read it.
  • For President Trump and his “America First” policy that would take care of the needs of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic over other goals in the bill.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Newsmax


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