Donald Trump, president of the United States. (Alex Brandon)
Washington, DC – President Donald Trump on Wednesday challenged the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to immediately approve a second check for $ 1,200 for Americans, as a measure to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic with 26 remaining days for the elections.
“If they send me a separate bill with a stimulus check ($ 1,200), it will go to our great town IMMEDIATELY,” the president wrote on his Twitter account.
“I am ready to enact it right now,” he added. “Are you listening, Nancy?”
In another message, the president stated that “the House (of Representatives) and the Senate should IMMEDIATELY approve $ 25 billion to support airline payroll, and $ 135 billion for the small business wage protection program.”
“Both will be fully paid for with the unused funds of the Economic Stimulus Law,” said the president, adding that there is money for it: “I will enact it now!”
Trump ordered this Tuesday to suspend negotiations with Congress to approve a new economic stimulus package for the coronavirus pandemic until after the November 3 elections.
“I have instructed my representatives to stop bargaining until after the election, when, immediately after I win, we will pass a large Stimulus Act focused on American workers and small businesses,” Trump wrote on Twitter, in a message to which the stock markets reacted immediately with falls.
Negotiations between the White House and Democrats to approve a new bailout have been stalled and progressives acknowledged last week that they were unlikely to deliver results before the election.
Last March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States economy, Congress passed and President Trump signed an economic stimulus bill that included the distribution of checks for $ 1,200 to taxpayers.
Another element of the March law was an unemployment benefit extended to independent workers and contractors who are not normally covered by the conventional benefit. Those $ 600 per week payments ended in late July without an agreement between Congress and Trump to extend it.
Negotiations between the Executive and Congress for a second stimulus package have been prolonged, with recriminations from both parties, while millions of people remain unemployed and without the financial capacity to face their rents or mortgages.