- President Donald Trump appeared to change course Tuesday and called on Congress to pass standalone coronavirus spending bills — hours after ending negotiations with Democrats for comprehensive relief legislation.
- He urged lawmakers to approve measures for $1,200 relief payments, small-business aid, and direct assistance to prevent airline layoffs.
- He said he would immediately sign such bills, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats have rejected previous Republican attempts to pass standalone bills.
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Only hours after unexpectedly ending negotiations on another federal coronavirus rescue package, President Donald Trump on Tuesday night urged Congress to pass standalone bills on direct payments and assistance to airlines and small businesses — all measures that would most likely have been included in the larger piece of legislation that was being negotiated between the White House and Democrats.
Major US airlines are moving to layoff