President Donald Trump left Washington on Wednesday to spend the vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
House Democrats will vote on the provision of $ 2,000 stimulus checks Thursday.
On Tuesday, Trump urged Congress to increase payments from $ 600, which was included in the expected COVID-19 relief package, to $ 2,000.
If Trump doesn’t sign this stimulus package in the next few days, he has effectively vetoed it and thrown it back in Congress.
President Donald Trump left Washington, DC on Wednesday for the vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
On Tuesday night, Trump sent Washington into a frenzy when he did knocked down the $ 900 billion bipartisan stimulus measure this congress was just over. On Wednesday afternoon the Lame Duck President vetoed a defense spending bill that both chambers had passed with overwhelming support.
USA Today reported Trump was expected to leave Palm Beach at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 1, according to a warning from the Federal Aviation Administration. If he stays that long, he could veto the stimulus package by not signing it.
A White House representative did not respond to a request for comment on whether the president intended to veto the stimulus package.
The White House press office, however insisted that the president stay busyand said in a statement that “his schedule includes many meetings and calls”.
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Meanwhile, Democrats are preparing to bring Trump’s proposal for major stimulus measures to the floor on Thursday.
According to Jeff Stein of the Washington PostDemocrats will attempt to approve $ 2,000 payments – from 600 USD in the existing stimulus package – from unanimous approval. If that fails, they would vote on standalone legislation on Monday, Stein said.
Trump said Tuesday that the package he was expected to sign was not large enough to carry out stimulus checks.
Democrats initially proposed $ 2,000 direct payments earlier this year. In May, Kamala Harris, now the Vice President-elect, sponsored legislation in the Senate it would Make the checks available every month until the pandemic is over. House Democrats supported an accompanying measureHowever, the stimulus package that the chamber passed in May only contained one-time checks worth $ 1,200.
Republican, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have tried to limit the amount of direct payments to Americans and must now decide whether to oppose Trump or Cave and save face politically.
Most Americans in a recent insider poll said the $ 600 checks weren’t enough: 76% of respondents said the payment should be $ 1,000 or more, and 43% said it should be $ 2,000 or more.
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