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Trump Imperils Virus Bill With Late Demand for Bigger Checks

  • President would need to sign $2.3 trillion bill by Dec. 28
  • Democrats plan House vote to meet Trump plea for $2,000 checks
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Trump Asks Congress to Amend Covid Relief-Funding Package
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President Donald Trump’s surprise attack Tuesday on Congress’s historic coronavirus relief package left aid for millions of Americans hanging in the balance as the pandemic continues to batter the nation.

The famously unpredictable president slammed Monday’s $2.3 trillion bill as a “disgrace.” The charge came less than 24 hours after Congress approved the legislation with overwhelmingly bipartisan votes. Trump demanded larger direct payments for individuals and called for eliminating “wasteful and unnecessary items,” but he didn’t say whether he would veto it.