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Trump Supports Direct Stimulus Payments Larger Than $1,200 in Next Bill

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he supports direct payments to Americans larger than $1,200 in the next piece of legislation, which lawmakers will debate in July.

“I support actually larger numbers than the Democrats, but its got to be done properly,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business. “I want the money getting to people to be larger so they can spend it. I want the money to get there quickly and in a non-complicated fashion,” he added.

House Democrats in their HEROES Act have said they want to distribute $1,200 payments to eligible Americans and children, although GOP leaders have said the bill contains too many unnecessary measures that are unrelated to economic recovery. The CARES Act, passed in March, included $1,200 payments and checks as well as $500 payments to children.

The $2.2 trillion CARES Act was passed to offset economic losses suffered during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, which prompted numerous states to issue stay-at-home orders.

Trump said in the interview that the last bill—and the HEROES Act—creates a “disincentive to work.” Hes most likely referring to the extra $600 per week in unemployment insurance that is slated to expire at the end of July.

“Youd make more money if you dont go to work,” he said of the measure, “thats not what [this] country is all about.”

Trump said that Americans “want to work,” adding that he wants to “create a tremendous incentive” to return to the workplace.

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People wearing facemasks walk past a health and safety guideline board and an open restaurant on Santa Monica Pier which re-opened on June 25 after closure for over three months due to the coronavirus pandemic in Santa Monica, California, on June 26, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that a potential stimulus bill will be approved later in July. The Senate will go on recess between July 4 and July 20.

“As youve heard suggested, I said back in March we would take another look at this… probably in July… take a snapshot of where we are, both on the healthy front and the economic recovery front, and decide at that point what needs to be done further,” McConnell told reporters in a news conference on Tuesday.

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