US President Donald Trump criticized on Tuesday the COVID-19 stimulus bill passed by Congress the day before, saying it won't provide enough money in a second stimulus check for Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Trump asked Congress to take the bill back and increase the size of the second stimulus check to $2,000 per person.
"I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000. Or $4,000 for a couple," Trump said, adding that the $900 billion stimulus bill took "forever" to pass. He made the comments Tuesday evening in a video posted to his own Twitter account.
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Trump didn't specify whether he would actively veto the bill. If the current president vetoes the stimulus package or declines to sign it (known as a "pocket veto"), Congress has the option to pass the bill with a two-thirds majority vote in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
President-elect Joe Biden said earlier Tuesday that he'll propose another COVID-19 stimulus check when he takes office in January.
Biden thanked Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Republicans for agreeing on a stimulus package, despite the limit on included checks being $600 rather than the $1,200 that the two parties agreed on in March's stimulus bill.
The second stimulus bill passed Congress on Monday, including a check for up to $600 per person. Since it's a smaller check than the $1,200 previously provided, there's been talk about the possibility of a third check in 2021 following the passage of another bill.
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