“It really is a disgrace,” Trump said in a video posted to Twitter. “It’s called the COVID relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID.”
…… On Tuesday night Trump called for Congress to take back the massive $2.3 trillion stimulus — and increase the check to Americans from $600 to $2,000.
He went on to list the millions of dollars included in the 5,593-page package, including cash for two National Mall museums, $10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan and $2.5 million for “internet freedom.”
……the American people got the “bare minimum” from the bill even though “it was China’s fault.”…..Preisdent said
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple,” he said.
The relief package was brokered by party leaders and the White House after months of deadlock and many details are seemingly unrelated to the pandemic.
It sped through the House and Senate in hours on Monday, with some lawmakers expressing concern about passing such a large bill without much time to review it.
The Senate cleared the package by a 92-6 vote after the House approved it by a 359-53 vote.
Trump did not threaten to veto the package in Tuesday’s video. However, should he choose to take that step, those vote totals would be enough to override a veto.
The president added that the next administration may have to deal with the package, but added that “maybe that administration will be me, and we will get it done.”
Most of the president’s spending complaints were from the $1.4 trillion bill to fund government agencies through September and other bills packaged together with the $900 billion pandemic stimulus passed on Monday.
Though the relief package was brokered by party leaders and the White House after months of deadlock and many details are seemingly unrelated to the pandemic.