CHICAGO – President Trump emerged for the first time in days in a video posted to Twitter, calling for Congress to increase $600 stimulus checks to the American people to $2,000 per person, and $4,000 for married couples.
The announcement came after a $900 billion dollar pandemic relief package was passed by Lawmakers Monday in a bi-partisan effort. The package was set to deliver cash to both businesses and individuals nationwide, including resources to issue vaccinations to a nation facing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The stimulus package was passed by the Senate 92-6 after the House approved the bill 359-53. Should Trump veto the bill as is, Congress would have enough votes to override a veto.
The longest bill ever put together by Congress, over 5,590 pages, came together Sunday night after months of battling by both sides of the aisle. The package also includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September.