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Will County area Democrats slam Trump for stopping COVID-19 relief negotiations

Will County area Democrats Marie Newman and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, criticized President Donald Trump for ordering a stop to negotiations for a new COVID-19 relief bill.
Will County area Democrats Marie Newman and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, criticized President Donald Trump for ordering a stop to negotiations for a new COVID-19 relief bill.

Will County area Democrats decried President Donald Trump's decision to halt negotiations for a new COVID-19 relief bill until after the November election.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, said in a social media post that Trump has "proven himself unwilling and incapable of effectively managing the economic and public health crises we face."

"It is disgraceful that he is walking away from delivering relief to hardworking Americans who are struggling to make ends meet and small businesses struggling to keep the doors open," Foster said in a post on his Congressional Facebook page.

He added that Trump has rejected advice from policy experts like the chair of the Federal Reserve who has argued for more economic relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marie Newman, the Democratic nominee for the 3rd Congressional District seat said on social media she's heard from dozens of small business owners and first responders in the district who "desperately need relief."

She added that she expects "carelessness and cruelty from the Trump Administration, but this level of disregard for Americans' pain is truly astounding."

"Trump and his allies see these negotiations as a political game, but in reality, American lives are on the line," Newman tweeted. "I’ve had enough with Republicans ignoring the needs of the American people. Vote them out."

On Tuesday, Trump, on Twitter, accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, for not "negotiating in good faith." Trump said Congress would pass a stimulus bill "after I win" the election.

He also instructed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to focus on approving Amy Coney Barrett, his nominee to fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Democrats have advocated for more direct cash payments for Americans, unemployment insurance, aid for state and local governments, and for more investment in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

Trump's call to stop negotiations on a new stimulus bill sent stocks tumbling on Tuesday.

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