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President Trump signed a massive pandemic aid and spending package that restores unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and avoids a federal shutdown.The president backed away from his earlier threat to block the bill which was approved by congress last week.

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 9:19 AM

(NBC News) After a week of complaints about the $2.3 billion bipartisan spending bill and COVID-19 relief package - President Trump signed the bill Sunday night. It includes $900-billion in COVID-19 relief money, and funds the government for the next fiscal year.

In a statement from his Florida resort, the president said, "I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance... and much more."

It will restore enhanced unemployment assistance that expired Sunday. But after promises stimulus payments would go out this week, it's now unclear when people will see that money in their bank accounts.

Democratic House majority leader Steny Hoyer said "the president has resolved an unnecessary crisis he himself created."

The president is still backing an effort to raise those payments to two-thousand dollars for adults and six hundred dollars for children.

Democrats support it... Minority leader Chuck Schumer on Twitter daring republicans to object. The House will vote on that today.

"I don't agree with $2,000 checks to the people who've had no loss income whatsoever, which is the vast majority of Americans,” said Senator Pat Toomey (R) Pennsylvania.

The law provides eight billion dollars for coronavirus vaccine distribution. Important funding as the U.S has now passed 330,000 covid-19 deaths.

With predictions of dark days ahead after many people traveled this holiday season. So far, no reaction from President-elect Joe Biden. He is expected to make a statement later today.

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