Trump now says he is ready to 'IMMEDIATELY' sign bills for stimulus checks, small business relief

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Hours after President Trump said he instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to stop negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on a coronavirus relief bill, Trump tweeted that the House and Senate should "IMMEDIATELY" approve legislation giving $25 billion to the airline industry and $135 billion to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program.

"Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the CARES Act," Trump said. "Have this money. I will sign now!" He followed up with a second tweet saying if he is "sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?"

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.