DONALD Trump has signed off on a Covid package after previously refusing – costing 14million Americans’ unemployment benefits to run out.
President Trump has reportedly signed off on the stimulus packageCredit: AP:Associated Press
As Trump signed off on the package, member of the House will vote on Monday to increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000Credit: AP:Associated Press
Trump earlier Sunday touted news on a Covid stimulus updateCredit: AP:Associated Press
As part of Trump’s signing off on the package, members of the House agreed to vote on increasing the $600 stimulus checks to $2,000, according to a statement.
The increase could give families of four payouts of $5,200.
Members of the Senate will also gear up as they prepare to vote on legislation that would increase the payouts by $1,400.
“As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump added: “Much more money is coming. I will never give up my fight for the American people!”
In addition to giving Americans stimulus checks of at least $600, the package will restore extended unemployment benefits, keep in place bans on evictions, and give more money to the Payment Protection Program.
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Trump was seen golfing on Sunday as unemployment benefits ran out for 14million AmericansCredit: Reuters
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It also gives funding for vaccine distribution, as Pfizer and Moderna both work to roll out as many vaccines to Americans as quickly as possible.
The reported signing of the package came as Trump teased news on the Covid deal – after refusing to sign off on the deal last week.
“Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow!” Trump tweeted on Sunday night.
Democrats and Republicans agreed on the deal that would give $600 stimulus checks to Americans ahead of Christmas.
Trump had refused to sign off on the package, however, demanding that the $600 stimulus check payments be increased to $2,000.
A standalone bill guaranteeing the $2000 checks was proposed by Democratic “squad” members on Christmas Eve – and members of Congress were set to meet on Monday.
Without Trump signing off on the package, the US Government was to head in a shutdown.
President Trump had refused to sign off on the Covid package, demanding that stimulus checks be increased from $600 to $2,000Credit: AP:Associated Press
As part of Trump signing off on the package, members of Congress will also “review” and either remove or update part of the bill involving “Big Tech,” Deere said.
On Saturday night, Trump again blamed China for the Covid pandemic as he demanded a higher stimulus payout for individual Americans.
“$2000 + $2000 plus other family members. Not $600. Remember, it was China’s fault!” Trump tweeted.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi applauded the signing of the Covid relief bill – and demanded Trump to tell Republicans to “end their obstruction” and support $2,000 checks.
“Every Republican vote against this bill is a vote to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny the American people the relief they need,” Pelosi said.
As the stimulus package was signed off by the president, members of Congress will also investigate voter fraud claims in the 2020 election, the White House said.
Despite Trump and his teams’ repeated claims, Elections officials have maintained that there is zero evidence of fraud that would alter the results of the election.