WASHINGTON D.C. (WDEF) – After signalling that he would sign whatever compromise deal Congress came up with for Covid-19, he now is rejecting it.
The President announced tonight that the package is “much different than anticipated.”
He calls it a disgrace.
The President says they call it a Covid relief bill, but there is very little relief in it.
He wants Congress to cut much of the spending in the bill and dramatically increase the “relief” from $600 to $2000 (or $4000 for a couple).
“Send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a Covid relief package and maybe that administration will be me.”
The rejection puts members of his own party in a tough spot.
Only Senator Marsha Blackburn voted against it, siting the costs and several concerning items in the bill.
The bill was more than 5,000 pages long, but lawmakers were only given a few hours to read it before the vote.
Senators Perdue, Loeffler and Alexander all voted for it, as well as Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.
They all cited spending benefits from the plan for their home states, including funding for the Chickamauga Lock.
President Trump, himself, called off negotiations on the deal going into the election. He has stayed out of it since, until tonight.
See his message from the White House here: