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US President Trump has urged Congress to amend a bumper coronavirus stimulus invoice to extend stimulus funds to $2,000 (£1,500) per American.
In a video message posted on Twitter, he requested lawmakers to “remove wasteful and unnecessary items”, including that the package deal “really is a disgrace”.
“It’s called the Covid relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with Covid,” he stated.
The $900bn invoice contains one-off $600 funds to most Americans.
On Tuesday, President-elect Joseph Biden stated the coronavirus invoice was a merely “down payment” and vowed he would press lawmakers to move one other stimulus invoice after he enters workplace subsequent month.
“Congress did its job this week,” the Democrat stated, talking from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, “and I can and I must ask them to do it again next year.”
Mr Trump, who leaves workplace on 20 January, had been anticipated to signal the sprawling laws into legislation following its passage by means of Congress on Monday evening.
But in Tuesday evening’s message from the White House, the Republican president baulked at spending within the invoice on different international locations, arguing that the cash ought to go to struggling Americans.
He stated: “Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it. It wasn’t their fault. It was China’s fault.
“I’m asking Congress to amend this invoice and enhance the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a pair.
“I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill, or else the next administration will have to deliver a Covid relief package.”
Republicans and Democrats have already been negotiating a coronavirus stimulus invoice since July.
On Monday afternoon, congressional leaders unveiled the 5,593-page package deal and voted on it a number of hours later.
Several lawmakers protested that that they had not been given a chance to learn the contents.
Nevertheless the invoice sailed by means of the House of Representatives by 359-53 and the Senate by 92-6.
The reduction package deal comprises various provisions that can assist tens of thousands and thousands of Americans struggling to make ends meet within the pandemic-battered economic system.
The one-off funds of $600 are half the quantity offered by the final main coronavirus assist invoice in March, which contained $2.4tn in financial reduction.
Monday’s package deal extends federal jobless advantages of as much as $300 per week for 11 weeks, though this once more is half the quantity offered by the earlier invoice.
The package deal comprises $25bn in rental assist and extends an eviction moratorium that was resulting from expire on the finish of this month, a lifeline for thousands and thousands of Americans.
The invoice additionally bans shock medical billing – the place hospital sufferers get slapped with typically exorbitant stealth charges as a result of they had been handled by a health care provider who was not coated by their well being insurer.
But after poring over the mammoth laws, journalists and critics have already highlighted alleged giveaways for lobbyists.
The Washington Post reviews that the package deal comprises $110bn in tax breaks for sectors such because the liquor trade and motorsports leisure.