West Palm Becca, Fla. – President Donald Trump has signed a $ 900 billion pandemic relief package that will distribute long-sought cash to businesses and individuals.
The massive bill includes $ 1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September and includes other end-of-season priorities such as increased funding for cash-roasted transit systems and increased food stamp benefits.
Democrats are promising more aid to come once President-elect Joe Biden takes office, but Republicans are hinting at a wait-by-view.
This is the latest news. An earlier story of AP is given below.
The fate of the one-year COVID-19 relief and spending bill came under suspicion on Sunday as millions of unemployment aided, the government turned to a mid-epidemic shutdown and lawmakers called on President Donald Trump to take action Inspired to do.
Trump condemned members of both parties and in the months of last month’s negotiations when he called for the package – the House had already passed the House and Senate by a large margin and believed Trump’s support – big relief checks and Be amended to include scale-back expenses.
If he continues his protest, the federal government will run out of money on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. while he is holidaying in Florida.
On Sunday evening, Trump vaguely offered updates, tweeting, “Good news on the Kovid relief news. Information to follow!” The White House did not answer questions about what it meant.
In the wake of growing economic hardship and the spreading disease, lawmakers on Sunday urged Trump to sign the law immediately, then added additional aid by Congress. Apart from unemployment benefits and relief payments to families, money for vaccine distribution, businesses, cash-starved public transit systems and more is on the line. Demonstrations against eviction also hanged in the balance.
“What the president is doing right now is incredibly cruel,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT. “So many people are hurting. … It’s really crazy and this president has finally found … do the right thing for the American people and stop worrying about his ego.”
Republican Sen. Pat Tomé of Pennsylvania said he understood that Trump “should be remembered for advocating a big check, but the danger is that he will be remembered for the chaos and sorrow and precarious behavior if he ends it.” Allow to do. “
Toomey said: “So I think the best thing is, as I said, sign it and then make a case for the latter law.”
At the same point, Maryland village was echoed by Larry Hogan, a Republican who criticized Trump’s response to the epidemic and his efforts to undo the election results. “I just guessed what he could do next,” he said.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said that a lot is at stake for Trump to “play this old switcheroo game.”
He said, “I don’t get it. “I don’t understand what is being done, why, unless it only bothers to create chaos and show power because you lost the election.”
Trump, who spent much of Sunday at his West Palm Beach golf course, has given no indication that he plans to sign the bill because he is angry during the last days of his presidency. Indeed, his dissatisfaction about the law has only increased in recent times as he has privately criticized the club members and publicly on Twitter.
The day before, Democrats said they would call House lawmakers back to Washington for a vote Monday on Trump’s proposal to send a $ 2,000 relief check instead of the $ 600 approved by Congress. But this idea is likely to die in the Republican-controlled Senate, As did Among Republicans in the House during a rare Christmas Eve session. Democrats were considering a vote on a stopgap measure on Monday aimed at letting the government run until the presidential election, which was inaugurated on 20 January.
Washington had turned on Trump’s deal without warning, as it gained widespread approval in both houses of Congress and the White House assured Republican leaders that Trump would support it.
Instead, it supported the bill’s plan to provide a $ 600 COVID-19 relief check to most Americans – insisting that it should be $ 2,000 – and a $ 1.4 attached to keeping the federal government running through September Trillions took issue with the spending included in the government funding bill.
And already, her protests have resulted, as two federal programs providing unemployment assistance came to an end on Saturday.
Lauren Bauer of the Brookings Institution calculated that at least 11 million people would immediately lose aid as a result of Trump’s failure; There will be millions more unemployment benefits within weeks.
How and when people are affected by the lapse depends on the situation in which they live, the program they are relying on and when they apply for benefits.
Andrew Stetner, an unemployment insurance specialist and senior fellow at the Century Foundation think tank, said that in some states, people on regular unemployment insurance will continue to receive payments under a program when the unemployment rate exceeds a certain threshold.
Approximately 9.5 million people, however, were relying on the epidemic unemployment assistance program, which ended completely on Saturday. That program made unemployment insurance available to freelancers, gig workers, and others who were not normally eligible. After receiving their final checks, those recipients will not be able to file for more assistance, Stettner said.
Fingers is pointing to administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Menuchin, as lawmakers try to understand if they were mistaken about Trump’s position.
“Now put in a larch, the president’s own person has negotiated something to do what the president doesn’t want, it’s just – it’s surprising,” Kinzinger said. “But we have to find a way out.”
Kinzinger spoke on CNN’s “The State of the Union” and on Hogan & Sanders on ABC’s “This Week”.
Associated Press writer Alexandra Olson in New York contributed to this report.