Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans expired on Saturday.
A $ 2.3 trillion pandemic and spending package approved by Republicans and Democrats would extend the special unemployment benefit, but President Donald Trump has so far refused to sign it.
Trump is dissatisfied with the massive bill, partly because he says one-time $ 600 stimulus checks aren’t big enough for struggling Americans. He wants $ 2,000 checks.
Trump has not vetoed the bill and could still sign it in the coming days. The package includes $ 1.4 trillion in normal government spending – without which the government threatens to shut down.
Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans expired Saturday after President Donald Trump refused to sign a $ 2.3 trillion pandemic and spending package.
Trump is dissatisfied with the massive bill, in part because he says one-time $ 600 stimulus checks are for struggling Americans are not big enough. He called for the amount to be increased to $ 2,000 – but the Republicans in the House on Thursday blocked a Democratic attempt to enlarge the size of the checks.
Trump stunned Republicans and Democrats when he said this on Wednesday He was dissatisfied with the massive bill, which offers much-needed $ 892 billion coronavirus relief, including the extension of Saturday’s special unemployment benefit, which will expire on Saturday, and $ 1.4 trillion in normal government spending.
According to the Ministry of Labor, around 14 million people could lose these additional benefits without Trump’s signature. A partial government shutdown will begin on Tuesday unless Congress can agree on government funding bill by then.
The bill was flew to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort on Thursday. Although the outgoing president’s strategy for the law remains unclear, he has not vetoed and could still sign it in the coming days.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi plans to hold a vote on Monday to approve $ 2,000 stimulus checks.
After months of fighting, Republicans and Democrats approved the $ 2.3 trillion package on December 20, with the support of the White House. Trump, who turns power to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, had no objections to the terms of the deal before Congress passed it on Monday night.
However, since then he has complained that the bill brings in too much money for special interests, cultural projects and foreign aid. He has also said the one-time $ 600 stimulus checks were too small for millions of struggling Americans – one view supported by democratswho have long been in favor of a larger stimulus package.
“Why shouldn’t politicians want to give the people $ 2,000 but only $ 600? … Give the money to our people!” the billionaire president tweeted on Christmas Day, Much of it he spent playing golf.
Many economists agree that aid from the law is too low, but say that immediate assistance is still welcome and necessary.
A source familiar with the situation told that Trump’s objection to the bill took many White House officials by surprise.
On Saturday he was supposed to stay in Mar-a-Lago. Biden, whose election victory Trump does not recognize on November 3, is spending the vacation in his home state of Delaware and had no public events planned for Saturday.
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