In an unexpected plot twist, the fifth-round coronavirus aid package, which appeared to be a done deal, has hit a last minute road block with President Trump demanding Congress amend the legislation.
After the House passed the $900B package in a 359 to 53 vote and the Senate approved the package 92 to 6, it was assumed that the President would sign the deal into law. In a surprise video announcement on Tuesday night, the President called the package a “disgrace” and demanded changes to the bipartisan legislation. President Trump specifically took aim at funding headed overseas, and direct payments to individuals and families.
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple,” Trump declared. “I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation.”President Donald J. Trump on Twitter
If the President vetoes the legislation, the House and Senate could vote to override Trump’s decision. After all, the bill passed with a veto-proof majority in Congress. The process, however, would certainly delay the outflow of funds, and fall short of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s promise that stimulus checks could begin reaching American households next week. Stay tuned.