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Trump signs long-sought COVID relief bill granting stimulus checks
ByHarshal 28 Dec 2020 09:30 AM 100

President Donald Trump just signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that will help give long-sought cash to businesses and individuals.

This massive bill includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as money for cash-starved transit systems and an increase in food stamp benefits.

Democrats promise to bring more help once President-elect Joe Biden takes office, but Republicans are working on a wait-and-see approach.

The fate of an end-of-year COVID-19 relief and spending bill remained in doubt Sunday as millions lost unemployment aid, the government barreled toward a mid-pandemic shutdown and lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to act.

Trump blindsided members of both parties and upended months of negotiations when he demanded last week that the package should be revised to include larger relief checks and scaled-back spending.

If he continued to oppose, the federal government will run out of money at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday while he spends the holidays golfing in Florida.

On Sunday evening, Trump tweeted, "Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow!" The White House did not respond to questions about what he meant.

Lawmakers asked Trump on Sunday to sign the legislation immediately, then have Congress follow up with additional aid. Aside from unemployment benefits and relief payments to families, money for vaccine distribution, businesses, cash-starved public transit systems, and more is on the line. Protections against evictions also hang in the balance.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt said, "What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel."

"So many people are hurting. ... It is insane and this president has got to finally ... do the right thing for the American people and stop worrying about his ego."

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