President Trump Says He Wants More From COVID-19 Relief Bill

Thursday, December 24th 2020, 7:04 am
By: Caleb Califano

The next round of stimulus payments for Oklahomans is now up in the air.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says she hopes to see a deal with larger payouts for Americans by noon Thursday. However, it is going to take some bi-partisan work.

This all comes after the Presidents disapproval of the of proposed next round of stimulus payments, which would be $600 for individuals with annual income less than $75,000, and $1,200 for couples making less than $150,000.

President Trump says that's not nearly enough, instead embracing the idea of having $2000 for individuals and $4000 dollars for couples. Both Pelosi and other democrats have embraced the Presidents demands. It's expected the Speaker will try to amend the legislation Thursday.

Representatives from Oklahoma are speaking on the issue.

Republican Kevin Hern supports the President's plan, saying part "I believe that we can pay for these direct payments by eliminating the waste and unnecessary spending in the package."

"I'm not going to stop fighting until our relief package has crossed the finish line," says Democrat Kendra Horn. "If the President wants to include larger stimulus checks and we can find bipartisan support in Congress, I fully support delivering more direct aid to American families."

If Congress does not make the changes Thursday that the President is currently demanding, it's unclear if he will out-right veto the relief bill.