A few days before the elections White House officials and House Democrats seemed to finally be close to agreeing on the price tag of the new relief package. What has happened now with that proposal?
Since his defeat in the election, outgoing President Donald has not been heard to mention the "tremendous stimulus package" that he spoke about in a press conference on October 30 or the 1.8 trillion relief package that the White House had been discussing with House Democrats.
Before the elections, Trump dedicated much of his speech to expressing his intention to sign a measure that allows the sending of new direct payments to individuals and families. The president even released the figure of $ 1.8 billion dollars as the amount he supported in the middle of the deadlock in the negotiations with the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and spokespersons for the White House.
“We will have a tremendous stimulus package immediately after the election. And I think we're going to take back the House. I think we're going to do very well in the Senate, a little bit more complex, frankly,” the president said at the end of October, at a conference outside the White House.
Trump's statements sounded like an electoral promise three days before the official election date, and reality, so far, has not proven otherwise, added to the fact that the results were not at all what he predicted.
However, after more than two weeks without commenting on giving new economic aid to Americans who are struggling to stay afloat, Trump spoke on the matter from his Twitter account, and urged Congress, on November 14, to approve a new stimulus package to inject money into the economy and curb the stagnation caused by the pandemic.
"Congress must now do a Covid Relief Bill. Needs Democrats' support. Make it big and focused. Get it done!" Trump said on Twitter.
These are the first words Trump has said about a new stimulus package since major media projections gave Democrat Joe Biden the winner in the presidential election.
Press reports anticipate that any chance of a new relief bill while Trump is in the White House is now even less likely as he is locked in a legal battle to contest the validity of the results of the 2020 election.
Today, with a split Congress in a lame-duck sesión, a bipartisan agreement that would lead to the approval of a new stimulus package before the end of the year seems further away than ever before.