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President Trump says, if one is sent to him, he'll sign a stand-alone bill for stimulus checks

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 22:42:57-04

In a series of tweets Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump said he would sign a stand-alone bill to send out $1,200 stimulus checks if it was sent to him.

"If I am sent a stand alone bill for stimulus checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?", the President said in a tweet.

In the tweet, the President tagged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The tweet comes less than 24 hours after the President announced he ordered his negotiators to stop talks over a new stimulus package until after the election.

In a tweet early Tuesday he said, "I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business."
Stocks dropped suddenly on Wall Street following the President's announcement. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung instantly from a gain of about 200 points to a loss of about 300 points.

Tuesday evening he also tweeted that the House and Senate should immediately approve $25 billion for the Airline Payroll Support and $135 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program.

As of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pelosi, McCarthy, Schumer and McConnell had not responded.