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President Donald Trump failed to sign the Covid Relief Bill, leaving millions of Americans without unemployment benefits.
President-elect Joe Biden has warned of “devastating consequences” if President Trump continues to delay signing, but the December 26 deadline has expired.
Unemployment benefits and the expulsion ban will be affected.
The $ 900 billion package was approved by Congress after months of difficult negotiations and compromises.
President Trump says he wants to give people one-time higher payments.
The bill includes the payment of $ 600 to Americans who earn less than $ 75,000 a year.
President Trump is threatening to block the Covid-19 bill
President Trump says he wants Americans to receive $ 2,000, but Republicans in Congress have refused to agree to the change.
In a tweet on December 26, President Trump again defended his position on the issue, blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak.
The economic relief for the coronavirus is part of a $ 2.3 trillion spending package that includes $ 1.4 trillion in normal federal government spending. The government’s partial suspension will begin on December 29, unless lawmakers pass a suspension bill before then – but that won’t include coronavirus aid, and President Trump will still have to sign it.
Some 14 million Americans will be affected by overdue unemployment benefits and new incentive checks.
In a strong statement posted on the transition website on December 26, Joe Biden described President Trump’s refusal to sign the bill as a “disclaimer.”
He said: “It’s the day after Christmas, and millions of families don’t know if they can make ends meet because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress by an overwhelming and bipartisan majority.”
Joe Biden praised the example of members of Congress in compromising and reaching a bilateral agreement, adding: “President Trump needs to join them and make sure that millions of Americans can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads this holiday season.”
President Trump reiterated his objection to the bill, saying: “I just want to take our great people $ 2,000, not the meager $ 600 that’s in the bill now.”
The Coronavirus Aid Relief Act – with the larger budget bill – largely passed the House of Representatives and Senate on December 21, but a day later President Trump issued a veto threat, describing the package as a “disgrace” full of extravagant items.
He focused on the annual money to help other countries in the federal budget, arguing that these funds should instead go to troubled Americans.
According to his schedule, President Trump spent Christmas at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, with his family, where he held “many meetings and talks.”