WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says he wants the coronavirus aid package to be “very generous” with direct stimulus payments to Americans that are potentially more than $ 1,200.
“It could go higher than that, actually,” Trump said in an interview Wednesday with ABC affiliate KMID in Texas during a trip to the state.
“I want to see it be very high because I love people,” he said. “I want people to get it.”
The president did not say anything about how much he was thinking about direct payments. When he left the White House earlier in the day, Trump said his priorities for this next relief measure are those payments and a moratorium on eviction. He said Congress could take care of other issues “later,” recognizing that Republicans and Democrats are “so far other” on other big issues.
The Senate Republican stimulus plan released Monday proposes up to $ 1,200 per person for those with incomes up to $ 75,000. Democrats passed legislation in May that also includes $ 1,200 in direct payments, with a structure similar to the one implemented in March.
Negotiators from both sides signaled Wednesday, however, that they made no progress on a deal when they met for the third time this week.
“We have no agreement on anything,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters after a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif.
Pelosi told reporters that Republicans offered the idea of a “stripped bill” that she said “does nothing” to address the coronavirus, which she said Democrats are not accepting. Pelosi and Schumer have been pushing for a $ 600 extension of unemployment benefits, which expire by the end of the week. Republicans, meanwhile, have proposed $ 200 a week to pass for 70 percent of a person’s previous salary in October.