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 TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 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 WarnerAdvocates call on top Democrats for 0B in housing investments Democrats draw red lines in spending fight Manchin puts foot down on key climate provision in spending bill MORE (D-Va.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (D-W.Va.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ohio) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds Democrats aim for maximum pressure on GOP over debt ceiling 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 MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election 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.