PRESIDENT Donald Trump says he thinks he convince Congress to go for a "larger" coronavirus relief package – and more stimulus checks for Americans.
Speaking at a White House press conference on Wednesday, Trump said: “I like the larger amount."
“Some of the Republicans disagree, but I think I can convince them to go along with that.”
Trump added he thinks he's getting closer to a deal on another round of stimulus checks for Americans.
Earlier on Wednesday, the president took to Twitter to scold Republicans for proposing a relief package he feels is too small.
"Democrats are 'heartless,'" Trump tweeted.
"They don’t want to give STIMULUS PAYMENTS to people who desperately need the money, and whose fault it was NOT that the plague came in from China.
"Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!)."
Congressional Democrats and Republicans have not been able to agree on another economic relief package that would benefit Americans who are suffering because of the pandemic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently said that any deal will have to include more than just another set of “Trump checks" – among other priorities.
“All they want is to have the president’s name on a check going out," she said. "That’s all he really cares about."
"We have to do more than just have the Republicans check a box.”
At issue is a potential fifth coronavirus relief package that would extend supplemental jobless benefits to replace a $600-per-week COVID unemployment benefit that expired at the end of July.
It would also provide more than $100billion to help schools open, provide assistance to state and local governments, and put more money into a program that directly subsidizes business hit hardest by the pandemic.
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