Congress works to avert shutdown after Trump upends COVID-19 relief bill

Without a deal, the government could be facing a shutdown

A potential federal government shutdown is now clouding the holidays after House Democrats tried and failed Thursday morning to approve direct stimulus payments of $2,000 for millions of Americans. The Democrats’ effort was in direct response to President Donald Trump’s demand that the stimulus payments be increased from $600, upending a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package and omnibus bill after previously pledging support.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5th) co-chairs the House Problem Solvers Caucus, which worked to get the original deal passed and is now figuring out how to get a new package through Congress in the final days of 2020. He shared the latest information with Senior Correspondent David Cruz.