Why lawmakers from each events are hoping Trump will relax and simply signal the invoice very quietly
CNBC contributor Ben White told The News with Shepard Smith that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want President Donald Trump to sign the critical Covid incentive and government funding bill as millions of Americans are short are about to lose their unemployment benefits.
"I think a lot of people in both the White House and the Republican Party on Capitol Hill as well as Democrats are hoping that he [President Trump] will calm down and just sign the bill very quietly and not say anything about it," said White, who Politico is also the main business correspondent.
Legislators from both parties have asked Trump to sign the bill unchanged.
"The best way out is for the president to sign the bill, and I still hope he does," said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. "It took us a long time to get where we are. I think reopening this bill would be a mistake."
The majority leader of the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Appealed to the president's pathos.
"Sure, the President of the United States, whether he's in Mar-a-Lago or anywhere else, should empathize with the pain and suffering and concern and deep fear that the American people are feeling this Christmas Eve and sign that bill, "Hoyer said.
However, Trump threatened not to sign the Covid-19 bailout treaty when House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Called his bluff and sent the bill anyway. A senior Republican Senate adviser told NBC News that the bill would be flown to Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump is spending Christmas.
White stated there could be "enough support" to override a Trump veto, saying the Senate was the wildcard.
"The Senate is where Republicans are in control and traditionally don't love blocking things the president wants or disapproving in any significant way," White said. "That could be different because Republicans really want this to be signed and done, and as we know Trump is a lame duck president."
One of the president's requests was for major stimulus checks of $ 2,000 instead of $ 600. The House Democrats tried to approve the larger payments on Christmas Eve, but Republican lawmakers blocked them. White noted that the debate over major stimulus checks creates a complicated political situation in the Georgia Senate races for Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
"Many Georgians, including Republicans, would like to see these larger checks," White said. "The Republican candidates there are not necessarily for them, but it puts them in an awkward position, especially now that Trump is known to want major stimulus checks."