Donald Trump is determined to put sticks in the wheels of his successor to the end. The American president rejected Tuesday, December 22 the stimulus plan of some 900 billion dollars (732 billion euros), adopted the day before by Congress after months of blockage, calling it ” shame “ and calling for an increase in the amount of checks sent to families.
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“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $ 600 to $ 2,000 or $ 4,000 for a couple. I also ask Congress to get rid of unnecessary and costly elements of this law ”, he demanded in a video posted on Twitter.
Deemed essential to get the world’s largest economy back on track, the plan adopted by American parliamentarians on Monday evening to support households and businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic cannot come into force without the President’s signature. However, the latter suggests in the video that he is not ready to initial it without the requested changes.
The Republican billionaire indeed requests that an amended bill be sent to him “Suitable”, otherwise it could go back to “The next administration” adopt a stimulus plan. “And this administration may be me”, slipped Donald Trump, who still does not recognize his defeat to Joe Biden on November 3.
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“It’s really a shame”, he blurted out, while the White House was involved in negotiations on the text through Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “It’s called the Covid Aid Law but it has almost nothing to do with the Covid”, added the president, citing haphazardly the aid contained in the text for Cambodia or Burma and the funding intended for the Egyptian army while the latter, he said, “Will go and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment”.
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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, appeared to challenge the Republican president and his camp to follow through on the video call. “Republicans have repeatedly refused to say how much the president wants for direct checks. Finally, the president agrees to $ 2,000 – Democrats are ready to bring this to the chamber this week unanimously. Let’s do it! “, she reacted in a tweet.
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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, for his part, deemed it necessary that the aid plan, even if it is “Imperfect”, comes into force. ” The earliest would be best “, he wrote on Twitter.
According to the “Washington Post”, the words of the American president have “Amazed” its own collaborators. According to the daily, the consequences of a veto could be serious. “If he refuses to sign the bill, the government will be forced to close its doors on December 29”, explains the daily. “The $ 900 billion in emergency economic aid will be frozen and senatorial elections in Georgia could also be suspended,” lack of means.
The “Wall Street Journal” reports for its part that Trump’s advisers do not believe that the American president will follow through on his threat, believing that his statements are the “A sign of discontent rather than a real threat of veto”.
A first plan of 2,200 billion dollars
It was Sunday, after months of blockage, that Democrats and Republicans announced that they had reached an agreement in principle on measures including, in particular, checks to the most vulnerable families, aid to small businesses and schools, unemployment benefits. additional $ 300 per week or an envelope for the equitable distribution of vaccines against Covid-19.
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The world’s largest economy fell into a deep recession in the spring, the worst since that of the 1930s, due to the shutdown of activity, intended to contain the new coronavirus and which caused massive unemployment. The pandemic started again in the fall, putting a stop to job creation and the resumption of activity that began in the summer.
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The first plan, amounting to a gigantic $ 2,200 billion, had been voted urgently at the end of March, during the first wave of the pandemic. It included exceptional unemployment benefits of $ 600 per week and the mailing of checks for $ 1,200 per adult.
Biden will ask for a new plan
US President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the $ 900 billion aid package was “A first step” but that it would not be enough. The Democrat announced that he would ask Congress next year to vote on a new plan to support the US economy.
“We have to work by involving both parties [républicain et démocrate]. This is the only way we will get by ”, added the one who is a regular in the aisles of power in Washington after more than thirty-five years on the benches of the Senate and eight years as vice-president.
THE MAJOR STEPS BEFORE JOE BIDEN’S ENTRY INTO LA MAISON-BLANCHE
Joe Biden was declared the winner of the US presidential election on Saturday, November 7, but it was not until the inauguration ceremony on January 20 that the Democrat officially took office. Until then, a period of transition begins which should allow the future administration to prepare for government. A handover disturbed by the attitude of Donald Trump, who refuses to recognize his defeat. Here is the schedule for the next few weeks.
December 8 End of the five-week “safe harbor period” which States have, after polling day, to count all votes, or even recount them, and resolve electoral disputes. By this date, all disputes must be settled and the results certified and transmitted to the electoral college.
December 14th The 538 electorate voters, who make up the electoral college and who were appointed by the Americans on November 3, meet in their respective state capitals to elect the president. In all the states (except Maine and Nebraska, which apply a dose of proportional), the candidate who wins wins all the votes of the major voters in play. To be elected, you must obtain a majority of the votes of the electoral college , that is to say at least 270 major voters. Joe Biden is expected to receive a majority of 306 votes, against 232 for Donald Trump.
January 5, 2021 Second round in Georgia for two senatorial seats where the control of the upper house of Congress between Democrats and Republicans will be decided. A major meeting: no law can be adopted without the Senate, which also has the power to confirm the appointments of the president (ministers, ambassadors and judges, in particular to the Supreme Court).
January 6, 2021 After the official count of the votes of the grand electors by the Congress (Senate and House of Representatives), the President of the Senate, who is also the current Vice-President, proclaims the results and solemnly announces the name of the next tenant of the House- White.
January 20, 2021 Ceremony in front of the Capitol, in Washington, which marks the entry into office of the new president. On “Inauguration Day”, the head of the executive takes an oath to defend the Constitution.