“Hopefully by then the president will have already signed the bipartisan and bicameral legislation to keep government open and to deliver coronavirus relief,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Earlier this week Congress passed the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill which included the $600 payouts that are capped for people with higher incomes. The legislation is attached to a spending bill that funds the federal government and faces a critical Monday deadline.
After the bill landed in the Oval Office, Trump threatened not to sign it unless Congress raised the amount of the checks to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples.
“If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction,” Pelosi said.
Trump did not specifically vow to veto the bill, and there may be enough support for the legislation in Congress to override him if he does. But if Trump were to upend the sprawling legislation, the consequences would be severe, including no federal aid to struggling Americans and small businesses, and no additional resources to help with vaccine distribution. In addition, because lawmakers linked the pandemic relief bill to an overarching funding measure, the government would shut down on Dec. 29.
In other action Thursday, Republicans failed after proposing to eliminate a provision of the spending package that included aid to foreign countries, which Trump has publicly assailed despite it being listed in his official budget requests.
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