王牌 threatens to torpedo COVID relief with new demands

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President Donald 王牌 looks 上 during a ceremony at the White House in 华盛顿州, D.C., 上 Dec. 7. 王牌 is threatening to torpedo Congress’ massive pandemic relief package, demanding changes fellow Republicans have opposed.
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President Donald 王牌 has 威胁鱼雷国会'大规模COVID-19救援包 在日益流行的大流行和严重的经济不确定性之中,共和党人突然要求进行变革。

王牌 assailed the bipartisan $900 billion package in a video he tweeted out Tuesday night and suggested he may not sign the legislation. He called 上 lawmakers to increase direct payments for most Americans from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples.

他告诉法案,反对该法案中的一系列规定,包括外国援助。"摆脱该立法中的浪费和不必要的物品,并给我发送适当的帐单。"

特朗普没有明确誓言否决该法案,如果国会通过,可能有足够的支持国会立法以推翻他。但是,如果特朗普要推翻庞大的立法,后果将是严重的,包括没有为陷入困境的美国人和小型企业提供联邦援助,也没有额外的资源来帮助分发疫苗。此外,由于立法者将大流行性救助法案与总体筹资措施挂钩,因此政府将于12月29日关闭。

救济计划是一个艰苦的折衷方案的一部分,该方案包括到9月为止向政府机构提供资金的1.4万亿美元,还包括其他会期结束时的优先事项,例如现金短缺的运输系统的资金,食品券收益的增加以及约4美元。 10亿美元帮助其他国家为其人民提供COVID-19疫苗。

即使在全国范围内COVID-19案件激增,议员们仍在大流行救济基金方面陷入僵局。民主党人曾敦促向美国人支付更高的费用,但与共和党人妥协,允许达成协议。

Following 王牌's interjection, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi all but dared 王牌'的共和党盟友在国会与总统会面'要求更高的付款额。

"总统终于同意了2,000美元。民主党人准备本周经一致同意将此事付诸实践。让's do it!,"佩洛西在推文中说。一位助手说,她将在周四将该提案进行表决。

共和党人一直不愿在大流行救助上花费更多,并且只同意在年底达成最终协议后,才采用了大型的年底补偿方案。参议院民主党领袖参议员查克·舒默(Chuck Schumer)说"特朗普需要签署法案以帮助人民并保持政府开放,"之后国会将加紧寻求更多援助。

王牌's call for changes to the legislation will test his sway with a Republican Party he has held tight control of throughout his presidency. Several Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have begun to gingerly break with 王牌 and 承认自己的失败,以总统当选人拜登, a step 王牌 has refused to take. McConnell has also warned Republicans against disputing the election 上 Jan. 6, when Congress 必须正式确认结果。

Shortly after castigating the relief bill, 王牌 challenged McConnell and Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican who has also said any effort to overturn Biden's victory would be futile. 王牌 said he would back a primary challenge to Thune when he is up for reelection in 2022.

王牌's threats to hold up the pandemic legislation could also complicate matters for Republicans in Georgia, where two runoff races to determine control of the Senate will be held in January. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have been running as ardent supporters of 王牌 and will now face questions about whether they will back his call for more money for Americans.

乔恩·奥索夫(Jon Ossoff),珀杜(Perdue)'的民主党对手,仅在星期二晚上发了一条推文:"$2,000 checks now."

一揽子救济计划于周一下午提出,并在数小时之内通过众议院和参议院加快,因为议员们在努力关闭该年度的账目。尽管许多议员抱怨说他们没有太多时间阅读法案,但他们 绝大多数投票赞成 当地企业和选民从大流行中寻求经济救济

The Senate cleared the huge relief package by a 92-6 vote after the House approved it by another lopsided vote, 359-53. Those votes totals would be enough to override a veto should 王牌 decide to take that step.

经过长达数月的党派辩论和关于大流行性疾病救济的政治​​讨论,在拜登敦促其党派接受与顶尖共和党人达成的折衷方案之后,这场僵局破裂。

The relief bill 王牌 is criticizing would establish a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefit and a $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses, restaurants and theaters and money for schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction.

当天早些时候,拜登赞扬议员们的工作。他形容包裹不完美,"但确实在关键时刻提供了重要的救济。"

他还表示,未来几个月将需要更多的救济。"我们有两党关系的第一印象和一瞥," Biden said. "在这次选举中,美国人民明确表示,他们希望我们跨过通道并共同努力。"

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