DONALD Trump said he wants stimulus checks for "more money" than Congress is currently discussing, and he wants them sent to Americans "right now."
In an interview that aired Sunday, the president told Fox and Friends that he is "pushing very hard" to get a new Covid relief package, with stimulus checks included, passed as soon as possible.
Trump has reportedly said privately that he would support sending more than the $1,200 that went out to eligible individuals in March and April, and would back checks of up to $2,000.
"I'm pushing it very hard, and to be honest with you, if the Democrats really wanted to do the deal, they'd do the deal," Trump said.
"Right now, I want to see checks — for more money than they're talking about — going to people," he added.
However, Congress has been at a standstill for months, and the relief packages they are currently considering do not contain another round of stimulus checks.
The House in October passed a $2.2trillion package, but it was struck down by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who countered with a $500billion bill.
Discussions reached a stalemate when neither side seemed to think the other was making enough of a compromise.
Now, Congress is considering a $908billion package, but one that does not include money for stimulus checks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have signed onto the proposal, but there is speculation that it will be rejected by McConnell.
Upset that the stimulus package did not include a second round of checks, independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Senator Josh Hawley on Thursday teamed up to push new $1,200 payments.
Hawley introduced the bill that would provide $1,200 checks for individuals making $75,000 or less per year, $2,400 for couples making $150,000 or less and $500 for children who are not dependent.
Sanders then called for any stimulus relief package that would include the checks, referencing the first round of stimulus checks that Congress approved in March.
“If we could do it in March—and it was the right thing then—now, at a time when the situation in many ways is even worse, we can and must do it today,” Sanders said.
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