The New Paper

December 23, 2020

President Trump asks Congress to amend $900B Covid-19 relief bill

President Trump asked Congress to amend its $900B Covid-19 relief bill, suggesting he otherwise may not sign the long-awaited legislation (passed by Congress on Monday). In a video statement yesterday (source), President Trump directed lawmakers to raise direct payments for eligible Americans to $2,000 (from $600) and to remove “wasteful and unnecessary items” in the 5,593-page bill.

More context: If Congress does not amend the bill, President Trump can sign it, veto it, or do nothing (in which case it becomes law). The bill passed both the House (359-53) and Senate (92-6) over the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, though some lawmakers who supported the bill may not support overriding a veto.

Extra: Here’s the bill as it stands now.
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