President Donald Trump refused to do it. Millions of Americans didn’t expect this to happen, but he did it for a reason. This is important.
Trump initially “declined to sign the coronavirus relief and stimulus bill on Saturday night,” pushing for Congress to increase the dollar amount of direct payments to Americans and demand that waste be removed.
“Increase payments to the people, get rid of the pork,” said Trump in an address from the White House. He called out several unrelated items in the bill, such as the billions of dollars in foreign aid.
A few days later, after dealmaking with members of Congress, Trump chose to sign the bill. However, he also decided to “send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item” detailing what he would like stripped from the bill.
The president has the authority to do this under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. While Congress doesn’t have to remove any items, Trump’s action sends a clear preference for the House and Senate to debate.
Additionally, as part of Trump’s ongoing discussions with congressional leaders, he has been promised that Section 230 — “which so unfairly benefits Big Tech at the expense of the American people” — will be addressed.
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