Trump initially called for the bill to be revised to include $2,000 checks and refused to sign it until his call was answered. However, he didn’t officially say he would veto it.
In a Sunday night statement announcing he had signed the bill, Trump called on Congress to make more revisions to cut down excess spending.
“I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill,”Donald Trump
In the statement, Trump referred to COVID-19 as “China Virus,” blamed Democrat-run states for shutdowns. He also requested that “wasteful items need to be removed” from the bill and continued to push for the $2,000 checks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that the relief bill is a “down payment on what is needed to crush the virus.” She said House Democrats will bring legislation on the $2,000 checks to the House floor tomorrow.