Trump may not sign newly passed COVID relief bill unless it includes larger stimulus checks


(WTNH) — COVID-19 relief has been talked about for months and debated for weeks, all the while businesses have been waiting for the much-needed help. Now, President Donald Trump is blasting the $900 billion bill saying he may not sign it.

The package passed by Congress this week provides a $600 direct payment to most Americans, but the president is pushing for more.

Wednesday night, Trump announced, “I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple. I am also asking Congress to get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill or the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package.”

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This new development certainly calls into question whether restaurants and other small businesses will get the relief money they need to stay afloat.

The fear is that every day that goes by without help especially in the restaurant business, another one can go under. It took six months to push forward the currently proposed package which is 5,600-pages of relief package for businesses, education, mental health, transportation, and direct relief to families.

A family of four would receive $2,400. President Trump says Americans need more. Trump wants that same family of four to receive $8,000. But Senator Richard Blumenthal says families and businesses need the money now.

“Just like the vaccine, this money is a shot in the arm to the economy,” Sen. Blumenthal said. “And it has to be followed by a booster, another dose in a few months from now. And that is what we ought to be doing; let people have the money now and let’s do more in a few months from now, not veto it and betray them and deny them this money in their pockets right now.

Scott Dolch with the Connecticut Restaurant Association added, “There is definitely a lot of good for our industry in this package, in this bill. If it does get passed by the president and starts to get moving, and I think that is my worry: the more we delay, the more we think of other reasons why not to, the more local small businesses across our state you are unfortunately going to lose.”

And the package on the table had PPP for small businesses which they could apply for two and a half times their payroll, but for restaurants, it would really help them out because they could get three and a half times your payroll.

President Trump says not only are the checks too small, but there is too much money in the bill for foreign countries. That is not true; There was another spending bill also passed by congress that keeps the government open and provides the usual foreign aid, but that is not the Covid relief bill.

So what happens now? The president hasn’t actually vetoed either bill. If he does veto one or both of the bills, the Senate could override that as soon as next week. If he does nothing, what is known as a pocket veto, then folks might not get that relief for another month.

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