A group of 13 Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to approve a COVID-19 relief bill they had proposed in early December.
Trump's Concerns Over Current COVID-19 Relief MeasureThe House and the Senate on Dec. 21 passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill following at least six months of back-and-forth negotiations even as the president has been constantly urging Congress to pass a measure to counter the effects of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.
Lawmakers in both chambers also on Dec. 21 passed a $1.4 trillion annual omnibus appropriations bill that outlines funding for every federal agency in the 2021 fiscal year. Totaling $2.3 trillion, the year-end government funding package that includes the COVID-19 relief comes to 5,593 pages—by far the longest bill ever.
Republicans on Thursday blocked a unamimous consent request filed by House Democrats to increase the direct payments to $2,000. Meanwhile, Democrats rejected a counter unanimous consent request filed by House Republicans to revisit foreign spending in the 2021 omnibus bill.