Trump’s refusal to sign the COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill is “Cruel,” says Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders & Pres. Donald Trump
Sen. Bernie Sanders & Pres. Donald Trump

President Donald Trump continues to refuse to sign the $900 billion COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill that includes a $600 stimulus check to Americans. Millions have lost their jobs due to the ongoing pandemic and are hoping the federal government through the leadership of the president will help them stay afloat.

Trump threatened to veto the bill. He is demanding that Congress increase the stimulus check to $2,000.

On Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) urged Trump to sign the COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill. He said the president’s refusal to approve it as “cruel.

“Sign the bill, Mr. President, and then immediately–Monday, Tuesday–we can pass a $2,000 direct payment to the working families of this country,” said Sanders during an interview with ABC This Week.

During the negotiations on the bill earlier this month, Sanders and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)  started a public campaign to increase the stimulus check to $2,000.  However, they have “not heard a word” from the White House or its Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about increasing the amount until now.