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'I'd go higher': President Trump tells TMJ4 News he's willing to spend to get stimulus deal done

GOP Senate wants a much smaller deal as Gov. Evers urges for more COVID-19 relief
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Posted at 8:41 PM, Oct 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 12:32:15-04

This week the U.S Senate is expected to vote on another coronavirus stimulus deal. But not everyone agrees on how much to spend.

President Trump spoke with TMJ4 on Saturday about his willingness to spend a lot more to get a deal done before Election Day.

Charles Benson:You have put $1.8 trillion on the table. Will there be more money by Election Day - do you have a deal?

Pres. Trump: Well I wanted the money by tonight but Nancy Pelosi doesn't want to approve it because she thinks it good political not to approve it.
President Trump wants another coronavirus stimulus but it's not just Democrats he has to worry about.

Benson: Aren't you getting push back from Senate Republican leaders?

Pres. Trump: I will take care of that problem in two minutes.

But it is a problem.

GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote this week on a $500 billion proposal that would provide funding for schools, expand unemployment benefits and another round for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have already passed a $2.2 trillion dollar relief bill that would include another $1200 dollar stimulus check and more money for states.

Pres.Trump: I wanted a higher number than she wanted.

Benson: What's your number?

Trump: I'd go higher than her number, who knows what her number is but if you said a trillion-eight, two trillion, if you said two trillion-two, so many numbers, I'm willing to go higher than that because it wasn't the people's fault.

Governor Tony Evers and other Midwest governors sent a letter last week urging the President and Congressional leaders to get a Covid-19 relief deal done.

Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin agrees more help is needed,"I can tell you what I hear from my constituents every day that this also has to include help for those who are displaced from their work because of the pandemic," said Baldwin.

A Senate vote is expected Wednesday.

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