House speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress Passes .3T Coronavirus Aid, House Government Funding Agreement Passes Huge Spending Agreement, Senate Vote Tee-Up Dictionary.com Weighs As #LetThemEatCake Relief Relief Trends MORE (D-Calif.) Responded on Tuesday evening President TrumpDonald Trump McConnell: Senate returns Dec. 29 for possible Trump veto power.The call for an increase in stimulus funds following the approval of the COVID-19 aid package by Congress this week, which says it is ready to introduce the $ 2,000 checks the president has asked for.
“Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the president wanted for direct checks,” Pelosi tweeted, blaming GOP lawmakers. “Finally, the president has agreed to $ 2,000 – Democrats are ready to bring it up unanimously this week. Let’s do it!”
Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the president wanted for direct checks. Finally, the president has agreed to $ 2,000 – Democrats are willing to take it to the floor by unanimous agreement this week. Let’s do it! https://t.co/Th4sztrpLV
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2020
Earlier Tuesday, Pelosi praised the Democrats’ work to include direct stimulus payments in the emergency relief bill, despite pushback from Republicans.
“We also have direct payments in the legislation, which were not in the Republican bill, to America’s working families,” she said.
Both sides initially claimed victory before passing the long-awaited bill, with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell McConnell: Senate Returns Dec. 29 For Possible Trump Veto-Right Vote Congress Passes 3T Coronavirus Lighting, Government Funding No. 2 GOP Senator: Attempts to Overthrow Elections Would ‘Go Down Like a Dog Gone’ MORE (R-Ky.) And Minority Leader in the Senate Charles SchumerChuck Schumer McConnell Vows To Vote On Biden’s Cabinet Choices Expenditure Act Aims To Reduce Emissions And Boost Energy Development Schumer: New York Gets B In Coronavirus Aid Funding MORE (DN.Y.) both with the honor.
Schumer voted in favor of the latest bill, despite the lack of the $ 160 billion in new state and local aid that Democrats previously pushed for inclusion, among other things.
Following Pelosi’s tweet Tuesday night, Schumer appeared to be calling on Trump to pass the bill as it stands now, suggesting that Congress could pass on further aid funds in an upcoming aid package.
“Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open, and we’re glad we can give more help that Americans need,” he wrote on Twitter, noting that Democrats have spent “months” on getting $ 2,000 incentive checks included.
He pleaded with Trump to prevent further delay and to provide relief to Americans as soon as possible.
We’ve been trying to get $ 2,000 checks for months, but the Republicans blocked it
Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open and we’re happy we can give more help that Americans need
Maybe Trump can finally make himself useful and get the Republicans not to block it again
– Chuck SchumerChuck Schumer McConnell Vows To Vote On Biden’s Cabinet Choices Expenditure Act Aims To Reduce Emissions And Boost Energy Development Schumer: New York Gets B In Coronavirus Aid Funding MORE (@SenSchumer) December 23, 2020
Congress has passed a $ 2.3 trillion package to provide long-delayed coronavirus relief and fund the government through October on Monday. Congress voted 92-6 for its passage. President Trump has until December 28 to sign it.