- Trump signed $900 billion legislation Sunday night, hours before the government shutdown
- US is looking at a total of $2.3 trillion in aid and extended benefits for COVID-19 relief
Sunday night—with 48 hours left to go before a possible government shutdown—President Trump signed off on a $900 billion legislation for Coronavirus relief. The 5,000+ pages were flown to Mar-A-Lago where Trump is spending the holidays in a last-ditch effort to thwart the shutdown. The new legislation will fund the US government until September 30, 2021.
Combined with the bill passed by Congress last Monday—which Trump called a “disgrace,” stating that the stimulus wasn’t big enough to support Americans—the US is looking at a total of $2.3 trillion in relief.
Most likely the last bill to be passed during Trump’s administration, this legislation took both time and convincing to get Trump’s seal of approval. “I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more,” said Trump once signing the bill, only 18 hours before benefits from Trump’s memorandum were set to expire on December 26.
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