President Donald Trump has demanded that Congress provide the American people with direct aid in a stimulus bill as negotiations appeared to produce a breakthrough early Sunday, potentially paving the way for a vote on the almost $1trillion aid package.
The president tweeted just after midnight Sunday, questioning why Congressional leaders have not been able to find a compromise on a package for coronavirus relief.
‘Why isn’t Congress giving our people a Stimulus Bill? It wasn’t their fault, it was the fault of China. GET IT DONE, and give them more money in direct payments,’ the president tweeted.
His demand came just after Democratic leaders agreed to compromise language over a provision in the bill over the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers.
Lawmakers on both sides said a provision by Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, that would curb emergency Federal Reserve powers was the sticking point.
However, a Washington Post reporter tweeted late Saturday that the ‘Toomey language issue has been resolved’ and ‘compromise language was accepted by (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer earlier this evening, paving way for finalization’ of the broader aid package.
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Source: Daily Mail