WASHINGTON (TIP): President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package on Sunday, December 27, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal, which will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert a federal government shutdown.
Trump announced the signing in a statement on Sunday night where he conveyed his displeasure over the fact that the Covid-19 relief package included only $600 checks to most Americans.
“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,” Trump said in a statement from his Christmas vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
For days, Trump had refused to put his signature on the relief package approved overwhelmingly by Congress following months of negotiation, calling it a “disgrace”.
He also complained about what he considered unnecessary spending by the government at large. But Trump’s eleventh-hour objections created turmoil because lawmakers had thought he was supportive of the bill, which had been negotiated for months with White House input. “I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed,” Trump said in his statement.