US President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday warned of “serious consequences” if President Donald Trump continues to delay the signing of the economic stimulus plan, which was approved by Congress to face the consequences of COVID-19.
Trump cast doubt on a long-awaited aid package, while millions of Americans fear losing presentations and facing eviction from their rented homes. Lawmakers were asked to increase the value of checks sent to the weaker Americans from $600 to $2,000.
Biden said that “not taking this responsibility has bad consequences. Today, about 10 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance.”
“Within a few days, government funding will end, putting vital services and salaries of military personnel at risk,” he said in a statement.
In less than a week, the deadline for the evacuation ends, threatening millions to force them to leave their homes during the holidays”.
Threat of veto
Trump was astonished, Tuesday, when he threatened to veto the $900 billion economic stimulus plan, which Congress had adopted a day ago after months of negotiations.
Trump, who will leave the White House less than a month later, has criticized, in particular, the granting of a $600 check to anyone earning less than $75,000 a year or to couples with a income of only $150,000 a year.
The package was launched to help companies and people struggling to continue in the aftermath of the epidemic crisis.
In a statement posted on Twitter at the White House, Trump said he would refuse to sign the text if no amendments were made.
He added, “I ask Congress to amend this law and increase this amount that is dramatically reduced by $600, to $2000 or $4000 for the couple”.
Trump’s disagreement with a republican leader
The move put Trump at odds with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, who ruled out any financial increase on the stimulus plan.
Democrats failed, Thursday, to get an independent measure through Congress to increase aids that would go to citizens who earn up to $75 thousand a year, with smaller sums for those who earn up to $99 thousand a year.
“The delay means more small businesses will not survive this dark winter (…) And that the Americans face more delay in getting the direct payments they deserve as soon as possible to help deal with the destructive economic consequences of COVID-19.”