Trump threatened to veto economic aid package
US President Donald Trump said he would not sign the $ 892 billion bill to help the coronavirus-affected economy, which includes the necessary money for certain categories of Americans. The outgoing president believes that it should be amended to increase the amount of cash payments.
US government activities are funded on a temporary basis until December 28, pending $ 1.4 trillion in federal spending for fiscal 2021, which is also part of the bill..
Failure to pass another temporary bill or overturn a possible veto Donald Trump on it can lead to a partial halt in the work of the government. Threat from the outgoing Republican president who is left to be in power for less than a month, undermines bipartisan efforts in Congress to help people affected by the pandemic.
«The bill that they are now going to put on my table is very different from what was expected, ” Trump said in a video posted on Twitter. – It’s really a shame».
The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed the bill overwhelmingly on Monday night.
Trump said he wants Congress to increase incentive checks to $ 2,000 for individuals or $ 4,000 for couples instead of «ridiculously low» $ 600 specified in the bill.
Trump also complained about money provided to foreign countries, the Smithsonian Institution and the fish farming industry, as well as other expenses that are provided by law to fund the US public sector..
«I also ask Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary parts of this law and send me the appropriate document, otherwise the next administration will have to accept the COVID relief package. And, perhaps, this administration will be me», – said Trump, who continues to put forward what many believe, baseless claims that he won the November election.
Trump, who will step down on January 20 when the president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in, did not use the word «veto» in his statement.
A 92-6 Senate vote and a 359-53 House vote far exceed the two-thirds majority required to overcome a presidential veto, although some Republicans may refrain from blocking the veto if Trump exercises that power..
The bill can be amended if the leadership of Congress so wishes. If they don’t, Trump’s choice is to sign the law, veto it or do nothing, and let it become law..
If the bill is amended, it will be very difficult to do so before December 28. It took the parties months to agree on thousands of elements, not only on coronavirus relief, but also on a $ 1.4 trillion agreement to fund much of the US public sector..
President Donald Trump threatens to veto Covid-19 relief bill
Even if the leadership wants to amend the law, it will still have to be voted on by the full composition of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In addition, many Republicans may object to direct payments of $ 2,000, because this would increase the cost of the package in excess of $ 1 trillion.
Two years ago, when Congress sent Trump a government spending bill he thought he would support, it caused a record 35-day hiatus in government, only to see the president reject it because there was not enough funding to build his U.S.-Mexico border wall project, he said..
Trump also said that the two-year corporate food tax credit «not enough», to help restaurants in difficulty.
The White House had not filed any objections to the bill before it was passed and expected Trump to sign it. Minister of Finance Stephen Mnuchin took part in the negotiations on the bill.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Twitter that Republicans would not say during negotiations how much Trump would like to receive to approve the stimulus package. She said Democrats are ready to bring his $ 2,000 direct payment proposal to a vote this week. She did not comment on other concerns raised by Trump.
Trump’s objection came just as the 5,500-page bill was being finalized. to be sent to the White House for signature by the President, who was scheduled to leave Wednesday afternoon to spend the rest of the year at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palma Beach Florida.
Trump’s video was recorded privately at the White House, with no reporters present, a follow-up to a recent boycott of public event appearances where he may be asked questions about a failed attempt to challenge the November 3 election results..