TRUMP has demanded a Covid relief bill 'to be delivered immediately which could bring new $1,200 checks as he pleads with Democrats to help him.
Taking to Twitter, the soon-to-be ousted president wrote: "Congress must now do a Covid Relief Bill. Needs Democrats support. Make it big and focused. Get it done!"
Before the election, Trump promised to deliver a “tremendous stimulus package immediately after the election.”
However, his promise has seemed to fall by the wayside as he shifts his attention to proving a “rigged election” after Biden’s was declared the projected winner of the election on Nov. 7.
Amid a flurry of tweets regarding a potential Covid vaccine and attempts to prove the 2020 election was rigged, Trump reiterated urged congress to make a Covid Relief Bill Saturday around 11am EST.
A second coronavirus stimulus package had hoped to be rolled out to include another wave of $1,200 checks by the end of the year.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both stated that a second stimulus package is necessary before 2020 wraps up.
However, some in the White House say the plan could be in jeopardy under Joe Biden’s administration.
And as Senate Republicans continue to resist such a large spending bill, the plan to pass a relief package after the election and before the inauguration seems to be fading.
President-elect Biden has developed an Emergency Action Plan to Save the Economy, a draft document that offers insight on the direction he would likely take on a relief bill once he’s in office.
However, failure by lawmakers to address the Covid health crisis and its economic fallout could make matters difficult for Biden as he tries to push his agenda through Congress.
'GET IT DONE'
Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have declared that a stimulus package has to be passed by the end of the year.
During a House briefing earlier this month, Pelosi said she is “calling on the administration to come back to the table” to get a relief bill done.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell also said last week that a new relief bill is “job one” when Congress returns, saying, “I think we need to do it before the end of the year.”
But despite optimism from McConnell and Pelosi on an eventual relief bill between Democrats and Republicans, the plan has appeared to be losing momentum.
Pelosi and Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin for months have been trying to reach an agreement on a stimulus package, however negotiations failed after Pelosi was accused by the White House of continuing “to move the goalposts.”
Last week, McConnell gave Americans hope that a stimulus package will be passed when he said a package is needed “before the end of the year.”
“As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package. Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election,” McConnell said.
“I think we need to do it before the end of the year.”
Despite an optimistic outlook, this week he was more dour, noting that the “snag that hung us up for months is still here,” referencing to skepticism among Senate Republicans about spending trillions of dollars on a plan.
“We need to think about – if we’re going to come up with a bipartisan package here – about what size is appropriate,” McConnell said.
“I don’t think the current situation demands a trillion-dollar package.”
All of the most significant stimulus programs are featured on the CARES's Act are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
Both sides are negotiating a $2trillion package that includes $1,200 stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, small business aid, state and local funding.
The major issues that come in the way of an agreement are education funding, money allocated toward state and local government, coronavirus testing and unemployment benefits.
If you're still waiting on the first round of checks, you can track the status of your stimulus check by clicking here.
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