Trump risk may drive shutdowns, unemployment extinguished

President Donald Trump at the United Nations, September 24, 2019.

Carlo Allegri | Reuters

President Donald Trump’s last-minute opposition to a bill already passed by Congress to ease coronavirus and federal funding threatens to set millions of Americans on fire and shut down the government amid a deadly public health crisis.

After weeks of absenting from Congress’ efforts to pass another bailout, the outgoing president shocked Washington Tuesday night by calling the bill a “disgrace” and urging lawmakers to reduce direct payments from $ 600 to $ 2,000 increase.

Although he didn’t specifically say whether he would veto the bill or simply refuse to sign it, Trump said that “the next administration will have to deliver a Covid bailout” if Congress doesn’t send him revised laws.

Any delay in the implementation of the measure threatens financial ruin for Americans who are already fighting. The $ 900 billion portion of the Coronavirus Support Bill extends the pandemic-era unemployment benefit to 12 million people. The regulations expire on Saturday – one day after Christmas.

The $ 1.4 trillion bill would keep the federal government running through September 30th. The government would close on Tuesday if it doesn’t become law by then.

A federal eviction moratorium, which would extend the legislation until January 31, would expire at the end of the year. Dozens of millions of people could be at risk of losing their homes if the measure expires.

With Congress not passing any new federal aid for most of the year, millions of people fell into poverty. The package would send temporary aid in the form of a weekly federal unemployment allowance of $ 300 through mid-March, payments of $ 600, and small business loans under the paycheck protection program of $ 284 billion. It also includes more than $ 8 billion in Covid vaccine distribution, $ 25 billion in rental assistance, $ 82 billion in education, and $ 45 billion in transportation – including funds to help airlines Employees to employ.

If Trump rejects the bill, Congress could come back after Christmas to override it. The measure passed through both chambers with veto-proof majorities. The legislature has already planned the possibility of a return if the president rejects a national defense law.

Since it takes days for Congress to officially send Trump an invoice this size – 5,593 pages – it hasn’t even got to his desk. The president could kill the legislation with a so-called pocket veto if it does not reach him until Thursday or later. He could let the entire 10-day bill-signing window (excluding Sundays) run out before the new January 3rd session of Congress begins.

Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Said on a conference call Wednesday afternoon for House Republicans that the president had failed to decide whether to veto the law, according to the New York Times. A McCarthy spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump had weeks to tailor the bill to his liking before Congress wrote and passed the bailout package and Washington left for the vacation. Instead, he spent the last six weeks spreading conspiracy theories that had cost him the presidential race against President-elect Joe Biden on November 3rd.

Democrats welcome bigger stimulus checks

Democrats would have welcomed an earlier push by Trump on direct payments of $ 2,000 as Republicans tried to cap the size of the spending package. Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., And Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., quickly endorsed a check for $ 2,000 Tuesday night. They backed it as a move separate from the $ 900 billion bailout.

You still want the President to sign this bill. Before Trump changed his mind, his own Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signed the $ 600 payments. The leaders of the Republican Congress initially did not carry out any cross-checks during the last round of talks.

House Democrats hope to unanimously approve payments of $ 2,000 during a pro forma session Thursday. Any representative who decides to return to the Capitol on Christmas Eve could block the measure. The Senate held by the GOP may not be able to approve it even if the House passes it.

“If the president really wants to pay $ 2,000 with us, he should call [House Minority] leader [Kevin] McCarthy agrees to our request for unanimous approval, “wrote Pelosi on Wednesday to the House Democrats.

“The whole country knows that there is an urgent need for the president to sign this bill, both to provide coronavirus aid and to keep the government open.”

The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not responded to Trump’s move. However, at least one member of the Kentucky Republican caucus was behind Trump’s demand for $ 2,000 payments.

Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., tweeted on Wednesday that he would support the provision along with a conservatively backed move to remove legal liability protection for internet platforms.

“Let’s vote,” he said.

Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Along with Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Had pushed for $ 1,200 in direct payments on the year-end relief bill. Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Who voted against the package as one of six Republican senators, blocked attempts by both lawmakers to approve the checks.

Sanders and other progressives welcomed Trump’s new call for greater direct payments. On Tuesday evening, the Vermont Senator, who backed a $ 2,000 monthly payment proposal at the start of the pandemic, urged Trump to “get Mitch McConnell and your Republican friends to stop opposing a major check.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., noted that she and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Have already drafted an amendment to the law for payments of $ 2,000.

Despite their support for greater controls, some Democrats questioned Trump’s motives for pushing them now after the legislative talks were suspended.

“Trump wasn’t interested in the negotiations at all. None. It was his own party that insisted that the checks be $ 600,” Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Tweeted Wednesday.

“If you think he’ll take care of the size of the checks, I’ll have to sell you a bridge. It’s all a middle finger to America on the way to the door.”

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