Harris: Democrats Wanted to Give Americans More than $600 in Covid Relief

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Vice President-elect Harris on Wednesday responded to President Donald Trump’s threatening to tank Congress’ massive Covid-19 stimulus relief and government funding package. Trump’s demand for bigger aid checks for Americans confronts Republicans traditionally leery of such spending with an uncomfortable test of allegiance.

“The challenge was, as even the speaker said, they didn’t get any feedback from the president, Harris said.

“I know that Democrats certainly wanted to get more relief than the 600 dollars and you know, people are hurting right now, they’re hurting and we need to get the relief to them immediately. And the one thing you should not be doing is after the work went into the bill holding up, when by the end of the month, people are going to see their benefits are going to end.”

On Thursday, House Democrats who also favor $2,000 checks will all but dare Republicans to break with Trump, calling up his proposal for a Christmas Eve vote. The president’s last-minute objection could gum up critical legislation amid a raging pandemic and deep economic uncertainty. His attacks risk a federal government shutdown by early next week.

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