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Trump Tells Congress To Amend $900 Billion Covid-19 Relief Bill

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  • On Tuesday, in a surprising move, President Trump requested that Congress make changes to the new Covid-19 Relief Bill before he would be willing to sign it.

  • Said Trump via a video released on Twitter, "I'm asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2000 or $4000 per couple. I'm also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items in this legislation or to send me a suitable bill.

  • The message was particularly surprising as the White House stated on Monday that Trump would sign the legislation as soon as he received it.

  • On Monday, lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate voted to pass a $900 Billion Covid-19 Relief Package together with a massive $1.4 Trillion Government Spending Bill.

  • The new bill includes a second round of stimulus checks of $600 per individual, an additional $300 per week in jobless benefits, aid to accelerate vaccine distribution and up to $284 Billion for small business loans, amongst other measures.

  • Now, with Trump's latest response, the passage of the bill is less certain.

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