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Bipartisan, bicameral group urges Trump to sign COVID-19 relief package

Bipartisan, bicameral group urges Trump to sign COVID-19 relief package
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A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate is calling on President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE to sign a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill that he recently said should include bigger stimulus checks.

The 13 lawmakers, who previously put forth a $908 billion compromise measure, urged Trump to sign the measure into law, citing the need to provide immediate help to workers, businesses, schools and hospitals.

“As members of the bipartisan, bicameral ‘908 Coalition,’ we urge the President to sign the COVID relief package. The legislation would bring desperately needed help to struggling families, unemployed workers, hard-hit small businesses, an overburdened health care system, stressed schools, and so many others. It would provide robust funding for testing and vaccine distribution at a critical time," the lawmakers wrote.

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“By signing the bill, the President would be providing the best possible Christmas gift to the American people," they added.

The letter was signed by lawmakers including Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerA bold fix for US international taxation of corporations Democrats offer competing tax ideas on Biden infrastructure Five ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington MORE (D-Va.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Biden is thinking about building that wall — and that's a good thing Buttigieg on exaggerated infrastructure jobs estimate: 'I should have been more precise' MORE (D-W.Va.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP Ohio Senate candidate asked to leave RNC retreat To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (R-Ohio) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTwo sheriff's deputies shot by gunman in Utah Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS On management of Utah public lands, Biden should pursue an accountable legislative process MORE (R-Utah), as well as the co-chairs of the bipartisan centrist House Problem Solvers Caucus.

Trump unexpectedly bashed the COVID-19 relief package Tuesday, saying the $600 stimulus checks it provides should be increased to $2,000 each. His opposition caught Democrats and Republicans alike by surprise since he did not voice any concerns with the bill until after it was passed by Congress, following negotiations that included Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE.

The COVID-19 relief package was paired with a $1.4 trillion omnibus measure that would keep the government open through Sept. 30. Trump also voiced displeasure with several aspects of the government funding bill, particularly the provisions on foreign aid, even though his White House budget request called for such aid.

Trump has not explicitly threatened to veto the $2.3 trillion package, but it's unclear whether he will sign or reject the measure.