Relief for millions in jeopardy as US faces government shutdown

Trump left the White House to spend the holidays in Florida, one day after demanding that Congress increase direct stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000.
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And now to the president's stunning move on the covid relief bill that congress took months to know gauche yat. The president is calling the bill a disgrace, demanding congress more than double the amount of those checks sent to most Americans. The president's own treasury secretary said those checks could arrive as soon as next week, but the president's move now puts that all on hold. Here's ABC's white house correspondent Rachel Scott. Reporter: Tonight, with relief for millions in jeopardy and the nation at risk of a government shutdown, president trump leaving the white house, heading to Florida for the holidays. Behind closed doors for days, the president last night posting this message on Twitter, blasting thatsive bipartisan stimulus package, demanding congress increase direct payments from $600 to $2,000. Send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a covid relief package. Reporter: Members of his own administration had promised money would be in Americans' pockets before the new year. People are going to see this money the beginning of next week. Reporter: Even one of the president's closest allies, senator Lindsey graham, calling the bill imperfect, but the sooner the bill becomes law, the better. Democrats say the president should have weighed in earlier. They didn't get any feedback from the president. People are hurting right now. Reporter: Also uncertain, federal unemployment benefits and eviction protections set to expire at the end of the year. Lisa Mistretta was waiting for months for congress to act. She told us that $600 wouldn't go far, now saying any further delay would be catastrophic. We will have zero income coming into our households, because this package is being held up right now. And Rachel Scott is joining us now live. The president leaving Washington today for the holidays, but not before vetoing the defense spending bill. And this now sets up veto override in the house and senate. Reporter: Yeah, that's exactly right, linsey. And president trump has been threatening to veto this defense bill for months. Tonight, he is calling it a gift to both China and Russia, but leaders on both sides of the aisle say that funding for the military is absolutely vital. And now lawmakers will have to return back to Washington to try an override the president. And if they are successful, it will be the first veto override for the trump administration. Rachel,hank you. Next, backlash tonight after

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