Trump Asks for a Stimulus Do-Over, $2,000 Minimum Checks

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In a move that shocked Congress, Trump tweeted his displeasure at the $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill, asking for minimum $2,000 checks for individuals and “$4,000 for couples.” Trump conveyed his sentiments in a video on Twitter where he called the current $600 stimulus checks “ridiculously low.”

In the video, he also asked Congress “to get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and to send me a suitable bill.”

The 5,000+ page bill tied up a lot of loose legislative ends for the year, as bills passed during lame-duck sessions of Congress often do. However, this bill was so long the White House had issues printing it.

Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) jumped on the suggestion.

“Let’s do it,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, sharing the COVID amendment for $2,000 checks written by herself and fellow representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

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Pelosi also tweeted, “At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”

However, the bill passed both the Senate and House of Representatives with veto-proof majorities, indicating Trump may not be able to block the bill.

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CNN reported that several sources said Trump’s video, which was recorded by the White House and not open to the media, may not prompt renegotiation of the bill.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted, “Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open.”

Today, Democrats in the House of Representatives will attempt to pass a bill with higher stimulus payments. They are aiming for unanimous consent.

The government runs out of funding next Monday, Dec. 28, so it’s important for legislation to pass before then.

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