The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, urged Congress on Saturday to pass a new “big and focused” economy stimulus package to slow the deterioration caused by the pandemic and amid the stalemate in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. “Congress should now do a Covid Relief Bill. You need the support of the Democrats. Make it big and centered. Do it! “Trump said on Twitter.
These are Trump’s first words regarding the talks to approve a new stimulus package, since a week ago the projections of the main media outlets gave Democrat Joe Biden the winner in the presidential elections on November 3. For the moment, Trump has not acknowledged his electoral defeat and he has denounced, without proof, that there has been fraud.
Before the elections, the now-outgoing president had made calls on several occasions to reach an agreement with the Democrats in Congress to agree on a new bailout of the economy, after the one approved last March worth 2.2 trillion dollars, the largest in US history.
The White House had been negotiating with progressives for months, but negotiations came to a standstill before the elections and have not yet been resumed. According to local media, if it resumes, it would be the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who has not yet recognized the victory of Biden, who would lead the talks, while the White House would remain in the background.
On Thursday McConnell rejected Democrats’ requests for a deal on a big aid package: “That is not a place I think we are willing to go,” he said.
Republicans defend the approval of a limited bailout, similar to the $ 500 billion stimulus plan put forward by conservatives that was blocked in September and October by Democrats in the Senate. The Republicans’ proposal provides for funding for small businesses and public health, but does not collect funds for local governments or direct deposits to citizens, as the rescue approved in March did.
Progressives, for their part, seek a larger aid package that includes new unemployment benefits, a second round of direct checks to citizens and assistance to state and local governments, among others.
USA is the country in the world most affected by the pandemic, with 10,826,136 cases and 245,040 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.