Late on Sunday, Dec. 27, President Trump averted a government shutdown by signing the pandemic relief and spending bill worth $2.3 trillion, after stalling to get Congress to increase relief payments from $600 to $2,000 per adult. Also, the president has pushed for Section 230 and voter fraud to be addressed.
After receiving the bill late on Christmas Eve, the president delayed signing it, hoping to get a better deal for Americans and reduce the amount of money allocated for overseas spending. The president had previously called the legislation “a disgrace” due to the low amount the public would receive.
“I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill,” he said in a statement.
By signing the bill, millions of people who rely on jobless benefits can breathe easy, as their benefits will continue.
“As President of the United States, it is my responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship that was caused by the China Virus,” President Trump said.
“I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more,” he said.
The president had to sign the bill without the desired increase in stimulus cheques. Still, the president said the House intends to vote on Monday to increase payments to $2,000 per person and $5,200 for four.
The House will require a two-thirds majority to pass the bill, after which it goes to a Senate vote.
“I applaud President Trump’s decision to get hundreds of billions of dollars of crucial COVID-19 relief out the door and into the hands of American families as quickly as possible,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a statement.