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Trump Calls Congressional Unemployment Assistance Under Coronavirus Aid Act “Ridiculous”

Trump considers the budgets agreed for the first nine months of the Biden government a “waste”

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has launched this Tuesday harsh criticism against the agreement of the bill for emergency economic aid against the coronavirus reached a day before by Congress, after several months of negotiation, and has described it as “ridiculous “the unemployment aid contemplated in the text.

“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $ 600 to $ 2,000 or $ 4,000,” President Trump said during a recorded appearance from the White House that the media has not had access to and published in your Twitter account.

The figures to which Trump has referred correspond to an agreement reached in the last hours by the United States Congress to try to solve the economic crisis that the pandemic has caused in millions of American workers, who would lose aid on December 26 economic emergency set last March.

The text includes financial aid of up to $ 600 (490 euros) depending on the recipient’s income, and an unemployment bonus of up to $ 300 (245 euros) per week, as well as an item of $ 284,000 million ($ 232,000 million). euros) so that companies and businesses affected by the crisis of the pandemic can face rents and the payroll of their workers.

Similarly, Trump has also asked Congress “to immediately get rid of the unnecessary and wasteful elements of this legislation” to receive “a proper bill” or, “otherwise, the next administration will have to deliver its package. help “against COVID-19.

The United States Congress complied with the process on Monday and approved by an overwhelming majority a project of economic aid against the coronavirus valued at almost 900,000 million dollars (more than 735,000 million euros), after the previous agreement reached on Sunday of a law, which was expected to be signed without much processing by the end of the week by President Trump.

Although Trump has not been entirely explicit in the video, he has suggested, based on these statements, that he could let die a deal that has been pitting Democrats and Republicans for several months, while the pandemic continued to hit the country hard.

If Trump finally vetoed the agreement, which cannot be amended now after its approval, the congressmen themselves could annul this refusal by the president, although it would be enough for him to refuse to sign the text for it to fall into a drawer of the Oval Office.

Trump’s intervention has not sat at all well within the Democratic Party and the minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, one of the architects of the agreement, has reminded the still president that it was the Republicans who blocked the proposal of those $ 2,000 checks you now claim.

“Trump has to sign the bill to help the people and keep it,” Schumer wrote on his Twitter account. “Maybe Trump can finally be useful and get the Republicans not to block him again.”

Along with the stimulus plan against COVID-19, Congress also approved a major financing project until September 2021 for the next Administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Trump has taken advantage of the situation to mix both plans and has criticized the “waste” of the amounts that Washington plans to allocate for its missions abroad during the first months of the Democratic government, since they are “much larger than those that are gives Americans. “

He has questioned that millionaire amounts are spent on “assistance” in countries such as Cambodia, Burma, Costa Rica, El Salvador or Guatemala, as well as for “democracy and gender programs in Pakistan”, or that 1,300 million are destined for Egypt and its Army of dollars (1,066 million euros), knowing that “they will end up buying almost exclusively Russian military equipment.”

Negotiations had broken down on several occasions in recent months regarding various aspects of the agreement, such as the amount of individual unemployment checks, which will be discussed again after the end of the year.

The text also includes an investment of 82,000 million dollars (about 67,000 million euros) for payments to universities and schools, in addition to another 25,000 million dollars (about 20,500 million euros) for rent and mortgage aid, and 69,000 million dollars (almost 56,500 million euros) for the purchase and distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus.

However, the text has also finally left out the two points that have caused the most controversy during the negotiations, such as the Republican demands to protect the private sector from possible lawsuits related to the pandemic crisis, as well as the request of many governments state and local governments to invest in their public health and education systems.

The leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, criticized the Republicans on Monday before the vote, and assured that “this bill cannot and will not be the last word on the relief of Congress” to the crisis caused. for the pandemic, as it is just “an emergency survival package.”

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