Trump halts COVID relief bill negotiations until after election
President Donald Trump is putting a stop to ongoing negotiations over a new COVID-19 relief bill saying he will resume negotiations after the election.
“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith,” said Trump. I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.”
Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been attempting to reach a deal since July and have been unsuccessful thus far. Trump says he wants the Senate to focus on confirming his Supreme Court nominee.
“I have asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett,” he said.
Trump’s Democratic opponent Joe Biden released a statement in response to the president’s decision on Tuesday.
“Make no mistake. If you are out of work, if your business is closed, if your child’s school is shut down, if you are seeing layoffs in your community, Donald Trump decided today that none of that, none of it, matters to him,” said Biden.
The president appeared to respond to Biden’s statement on Twitter.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left Democrats were just playing “games” with the desperately needed Workers Stimulus Payments. They just wanted to take care of Democrat failed, high crime, Cities and States. They were never in it to help the workers, and they never will be,” Trump tweeted.
As expected, Trump’s decision was met with mixed reactions on Capitol Hill. McConnell told reporters that he fully supported the president’s plan.
“We need to concentrate on the achievable,” said McConnell.
Pelosi said that the president is again putting himself first at the expense of the country.
“He shows his contempt for science, his disdain for our heroes… and he refuses to put money in workers’ pockets unless his name is printed on the check,” she said. “Clearly, the White House is in complete disarray.”
With the November elections less than a month away, time will tell how important a new relief bill is to the American people. Many moderate House Democrats were already getting pushback and had urged Pelosi to make some concessions.
Trump has said that if Congress still sends him a stand-alone bill to send another round of $1200 stimulus checks, he will sign it immediately.
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