DONALD Trump was spotted golfing near Mar-a-Lago again on Monday as the House of Representatives prepared to vote on his proposed $2,000 stimulus checks.
Trump has been staying at Mar-a-Lago with his family for the holidays, and has been spotted at his own Florida golf course in West Palm Beach several times.
The House is expected to vote on the president's proposal to raise the $600 stimulus checks included in the recently approved Covid relief package to $2,000.
Trump had initially refused to sign the $2.3trillion package, which included a nearly $900billion Covid relief bill paired with another to keep the government funded.
The president said he did not want to sign the bill unless Congress agreed to cut "wasteful spending" in favor of giving Americans much larger stimulus checks.
However, he ended up signing the bill on Sunday night after key unemployment programs for people whose jobs were affected by the pandemic expired on Saturday night.
In a statement announcing he had signed the bill, Trump said he returned it to Congress with red lines through the spending he wanted to cut.
He alleged that the Senate would vote in favor of increasing stimulus checks to $2,000, however, lawmakers have indicated that this is not likely.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly insisted that Trump's proposal be voted on quickly, and a vote is expected from the House on Monday night.
Pelosi said the president should urge Republicans in Congress to "end their obstruction" and support legislation to "increase direct payment checks to $2,000," according to the Washington Times.
"Every Republican vote against this bill is a vote to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny the American people the relief they need," she said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement Sunday night applauding the president for signing the bill, but made no mention of amendments to the legislation.
"I thank the President for signing this relief into law, along with full-year government funding legislation that will continue rebuilding and modernization of our Armed Forces that his Administration has championed," McConnell's statement said.
"His leadership has prevented a government shutdown at a time when our nation could not have afforded one.
"I am glad the American people will receive this much-needed assistance as our nation continues battling this pandemic."
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