President Trump put pressure on Congress to change the recently-passed COVID-19 stimulus bill before they sent it to his desk — potentially threatening a veto if changes were not made, as he implied in a speech Tuesday.
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2000, or $4000 for a couple,” Trump said as he criticized the bill for not giving enough to American citizens.
Trump also questioned the bill’s motive for possibly giving direct payments consisting of more money to the family members of illegal immigrants — who could potentially earn $1,800.
“This is far more than the Americans are given,” Trump said.
The stimulus bill itself consists of 5,593 pages of details on how the money should be distributed — and keeping Congress’ speed (or lack thereof) in mind, it would likely take some serious time to edit and change if they want to get it out soon.
President Trump also went on to bash the bill’s spending on “wasteful items,” as it included plans to fund $25 million for “democracy and gender programs” in Pakistan (along with massive aid spending in other countries as well), $1 billion to the Smithsonian museum and $154 million for the National Gallery of Art.
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries and lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” Trump said.