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President Trump signs pandemic relief bill and averts government shutdown

The shutdown would have occurred Monday night at midnight, but now funding will be in place to keep government programs and departments operating.

Posted: Dec 27, 2020 5:25 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2020 10:33 AM

Update 6:05 p.m. from Nancy Chen, CBS News - The spending bill includes $1.4 trillion dollars in funding to keep the federal government running. 

$900 billion dollars was for Covid relief. There will now be an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits through mid-March of 2021. The two pandemic unemployment programs that gave financial help to some 14 million Americans expired at midnight on Saturday.

Congress passed the bi-partisan Covid relief bill a week ago, but it was appearing that the President would continue his stance to hold it up without a signature because he said he does not think there is enough in the bill for citizen stimulus checks.

In a statement issued Sunday President, Donald Trump said, "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."

On Tuesday President Trump threw the bill's future into uncertainly when he released a video criticizing plans for $600 stimulus checks, which he said is inadequate. He demanded $2,000 payments instead of the $600 that had been negotiated and approved by the federal legislature.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (R) from Pennsylvania questioned, "Why should we be sending two thousand dollars to people with a six-figure income who have had no suspension, no reduction of their income at all? It should be targeted to people who have actually lost their job, small businesses that are actually in danger of going under," he suggested.

Over the weekend the outcome of the legislation seemed murky, but the President signed the bill at the President's Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) - According to the Associated Press President Donald Trump has signed the pandemic relief bill and government-funding measure, averting the shutdown of the U.S. government.

The shutdown would have occurred Monday night at midnight, but now funding will be in place to keep government programs and departments operating.

Stimulus checks for Covid-19 relief will be arriving to assist citizens who are having a rough time during the pandemic.

We will provide more details as soon as possible, as new information is released.

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