“The restaurant business is being absolutely decimated. Congress should step up and help,” Trump tweeted Friday night. “Time is of the essence!”

Congress has been deadlocked on passing the next coronavirus relief package for months, a situation that has gradually worsened as the pandemic surges across the country, and the U.S. enters the holiday season.

Republicans and Democrats have refused to budge on their demands for what should be included in the next stimulus package – something both Trump and President-elect Joe Biden have urged them to immediately address in order to get a relief package passed.