President Trump asked Congress to amend the recently passed $900 billion COVID-19 relief package increasing the amount of money in direct payments to Americans. “I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple,” Trump said in a video posted to Twitter. “Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” Trump said. The president also warned that if the “wasteful and unnecessary items” are not removed from the legislation, the next administration will have to deliver a COVID-19 relief package.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republicans “repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks,” and applauded the president for pushing for more money to be included in stimulus checks. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, called the president’s announcement “great,” noting he introduced a bill for $2,000 stimulus checks with Vice President-elect Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., seven months ago.