Senate Republicans rejected a call from President Trump on Wednesday to agree to a more costly coronavirus aid package that aligns with a Democratic proposal.
Trump tweeted Democrats are “heartless” and are refusing to cut a deal with Republicans that would provide a new round of direct payments to individuals and families.
But he appeared to suggest the GOP should give in to Democratic demands that the package spend at least $2.2 trillion, a number Republicans have declared is far too costly.
Trump tweeted, “Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!).”
While some Republicans told the Washington Examiner they are willing to spend more money, including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Roy Blunt, many rejected Trump’s tweet, arguing the Senate GOP unified around a measure that would have cost less than $500 billion.
“I think we’ve authorized enough,” Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, told reporters