Senate Democrats held up a $2 trillion economic relief bill in response to the coronavirus because Republicans tried to omit language restricting the amount of money President Trump’s businesses would receive as part of the deal, according to a report.
The two parties had a deal in place to include language that would place strict limits on the Trump’s Organization’s access to the economic relief funds, but the language was not included in the language of the bill presented to Senate Democrats on Wednesday night, Politico reported.
“We told Republicans it was unacceptable to omit strict prohibitions on Trump businesses having access to the Treasury lending, as well as critical transparency measures, and that we would hold up the bill until they included them in the final text,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told the outlet. “They relented, and these important accountability provisions were successfully added to the final bill.”
A GOP source told the outlet the missing language was an oversight and that both sides were fine with adding it in.
The Senate unanimously passed the legislation late Wednesday night, mostly earning praise from lawmakers in both parties and their leaders, who said the sweeping bill will address the most serious of the economic and health consequences of the coronavirus outbreak with a huge injection of federal dollars and lending capacity.
Trump, who has ceded management of his family real estate and hotel business to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, said last week he was not sure if he would be eligible to receive economic relief funds.
“I don’t know. I mean, I just don’t know what the government assistance would be for what I have,” Trump said. “I have hotels. Everybody knew I had hotels when I got elected. They knew I was a successful person when I got elected, so it’s one of those things.”