About 14 million Americans lost their unemployment benefits on Sunday as former President Donald Trump continued to resist signing an omnibus spending bill that provided $900 billion in COVID-19 relief and supported the federal government with $1.4 trillion after Tuesday. .
Instead of a bill proposed by his negotiators and passed by the Democratic House of Representatives and the Republican-led Senate, Trump is directly demanding $2,000 to rescue people unemployed from the epidemic. He is also looking for federal spending legislation to eliminate certain costs, including some of the costs proposed by his administration.
Congressional leaders signaled on Monday that they will try one more time to create a package for the president to sign.
Shortly after the unemployment benefits ended, Trump tweeted on Sunday morning that Trump “increased payments to people and eliminated’pigs’.” “Pig” comes from the term “pork keg” used to describe federal funding for local projects at the request of lawmakers.
The U.S. Congress last week sent the president an omnibus bill proposing $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, including direct payments of $600 each to the unemployed, as well as small businesses, airlines, and funding for vaccine distribution. The $2.3 trillion package included $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government.
The outgoing president, who was largely missing from long-term negotiations, suddenly announced that he would not sign the bill as proposed, unless his direct payments were raised to $2,000 and certain expenses were removed from the federal funding part. legislation.
Trump’s announcement surprised both Democrats and Republicans. Democrats were pursuing more for direct payments, and as reported by the Washington Post, they agreed less with the arguments of the Republican and the president’s own negotiators, led by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who personally offered $600.
Democrats tried to pass legislation by increasing the amount required by the president, but the Republicans blocked it. Trump has been frustrated by some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is reluctant to join the effort to overturn the November 3rd election, which was defeated by President-elect Joe Biden. The President wants Republican lawmakers to force Congress to reject electoral votes when final certification comes out on January 6.