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Trump pushes Congress on coronavirus aid: 'Get it done'

Trump pushes Congress on coronavirus aid: 'Get it done'

President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE in a tweet early Sunday pressed Congress to pass another round of coronavirus relief, calling for "more money in direct payments."

"Why isn’t Congress giving our people a Stimulus Bill?" he asked.

"It wasn’t their fault, it was the fault of China," he added. "GET IT DONE, and give them more money in direct payments."

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The president’s tweet came shortly after Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerA Biden stumble on China? First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) agreed on language to curtail the Federal Reserve's special lending authorities. That agreement late Saturday set the stage for passage of a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill and $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package as early as Sunday.

The coronavirus aid package will include direct stimulus checks between $600 and $700 under a commitment GOP leaders made to Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHouse plans for immigration bills add uncertainty on Biden proposal Hawley presses Wray on use of geolocation data to track Capitol rioters GOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' MORE (R-Mo.) on Friday. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE (I-Vt.) worked with Hawley to include the stimulus checks.

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White House aides last week reportedly talked Trump out of asking for as much as $2,000 in direct payments for Americans, fearing it could disrupt negotiations on Capitol Hill. The Washington Post reported that Trump said he wanted payments of "at least" $1,200 and possibly as high as $2,000.

The relief legislation is also expected to include extensions for expiring tax provisions.

Democrats, the White House and Senate Republicans have been negotiating for more than seven months over the size and scope of a new coronavirus relief bill.