After House Republicans rejected President Donald Trump’s request for a $2,000 stimulus check on Thursday, the COVID-19 relief agreement remained at a standstill during Christmas, while the president played golf in Florida all day.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi) made a unanimous request to raise direct payments, which was quickly blocked by the Republicans at the rare Christmas Eve meeting of the House of Representatives.
According to reports, the White House asked Republicans in Congress to vote for a $900 billion stimulus package, but Trump surprised lawmakers when he labelled the bipartisan agreement a “shame” on Tuesday.
The President hinted that he would not sign the bill unless the bill was amended to increase the stimulus payment from $600 to $2,000. This idea was quickly accepted by Democrats who have been demanding to increase the payment.
But he left Washington, DC for Florida on Wednesday, but did not clarify whether he intends to veto the bill.
Democratic Rep. Andy Kim told CNN: “I don’t know what will happen next. This is terrible for the American people now.” He said: “We have a president here. No worries, and play a political role in our lives.”
Without the President’s signature, much-needed assistance, including unemployment benefits and eviction protection, are at risk. The two expanded unemployment plans of the CARES Act will expire on December 26. Without other assistance, millions of troubled Americans will fall into poverty next month.
And because the coronavirus rescue plan is linked to the $1.4 trillion government spending bill, unless an agreement is reached, the federal government will shut down next week.
Members will return to the House of Representatives on Monday to take a recorded vote on an independent bill to conduct a $2,000 stimulus check.
Pelosi issued a statement after Thursday’s meeting, saying: “Voting against the bill denies the financial difficulties faced by families and denies the relief they need. It is hoped that by then the president will have signed bipartisan and bicameral legislation to keep the government open And provide coronavirus relief.”
She accused the Republican House of “cruel” of depriving Americans of the $2,000 that Americans had agreed to support, and urged Trump to let them join.
She said: “If the president takes the direct payment of $2,000 seriously, he must call on the Republican House of Representatives to stop their obstruction.”
Meanwhile, Trump played golf and fenced with Republicans on Thursday, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Mitch McConnell) because they did not support his efforts to subvert the results of the presidential election.
Since Trump threatened to overthrow the coronavirus rescue plan, McConnell has basically remained silent. Unless stimulus measures are increased, most leaders and Republicans have rejected it in the negotiations.
McConnell released a videotape on Monday morning on Friday. This is a videotape in his first tweet on Monday telling Americans that they can “rest assured and get more help immediately”, wishing Americans “health” Merry Christmas”.