Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRelief bill in Trump limbo arrives at Mar-a-Lago Ossoff, Warnock each rake in over 0 million Meghan McCain says Merry Christmas to all except ‘healthy people under 65’ getting vaccine before front-line workers MORE (R-S.C.) said Friday night after spending part of the day with President TrumpDonald TrumpMillions set to lose jobless benefits amid Trump standoff with Congress The Memo: Could Pence run and win in 2024? Flights out of Nashville halted due to telecom issues tied to RV explosion MORE that the president is “more determined than ever” to stick by his demand for bigger stimulus payments for Americans than approved by Congress in a bill passed this week.
Graham’s remarks come as Trump and Congress are locked in a standoff over the size of payments to millions of Americans as part of the latest COVID-19 relief bill, after the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that Trump has criticized and not signed, putting it in limbo.
“After spending some time with President @realDonaldTrump today, I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection,” Graham tweeted on Friday night.
“Both are reasonable demands, and I hope Congress is listening. The biggest winner would be the American people,” he added.
Graham, a top ally of Trump’s in Congress, weighed in after spending time golfing with the president at his club in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday. The president is staying at his nearby Mar-a-Lago resort for the holidays.
The $2.3 trillion government funding and coronavirus relief package arrived at Mar-a-Lago this week though its fate is unclear. While he has not threatened to veto the bill, the president has also not said if he’ll sign it.
Trump has been at odds with Congress this week over the latest coronavirus deal, with his surprise opposition to the legislation throwing the latest relief bill and government funding package into uncertainty.
The president has criticized the $900 billion COVID-19 deal, which came after months of slow-moving negotiations between both parties as well as his administration, by focusing on the size of the payments to Americans. He has called for $2,000 payments instead of the $600 payments that lawmakers approved along with a number of other provisions to provide economic relief amid the pandemic.
The coronavirus deal was passed along with a $1.4 trillion package to fund the federal government through October. Republicans have urged Trump to sign the legislation, with unemployment benefits set to expire Saturday and a shutdown looming starting Tuesday unless the president signs the bill or Congress passes a new measure and the president signs it.
The president indicated in tweets on Christmas Day and on Saturday that he was still pushing for bigger payments for Americans.
“Made many calls and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida. Why would politicians not want to give people $2000, rather than only $600? It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!” he tweeted earlier Friday.
“I simply wan [sic] to get…