President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday night to say that the stimulus bill passed by an overwhelming majority of Congress on Monday was not suitable, and he called on Congress to dramatically increase the amount of direct aid to individuals.
“I am also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation,” Trump said, “and to send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package and maybe that administration will be me.”
The bill passed by Congress on Monday includes $600 direct payments for Americans making less than $75,000 per year. Trump called on Congress to increase the amount of direct payments to $2,000 per person.
Trump has not officially vetoed the bill yet, and Congress will have to wait for Trump to veto it before voting to override the veto. But because there is a new Congress being sworn in on January 3, the House and Senate would have to override the veto by then, or else start the process all over again.
Trump has 10 days from Monday to veto the bill before it is enacted.
Some on both sides of the aisle have called on increasing the amount of direct payments.