Trump Finally Okays Covid Relief, Spending Package Bill Into Law

Us president Donald Trump has signed into law a Coronavirus relief and spending package bill, averting a partial government shutdown.

Mr Trump had initially refused to sign the bill, saying he wanted to give people bigger one-off payments.

The delay meant that millions of Americans temporarily lost unemployment benefits.

The relief package worth $900bn was approved by congress after months of negotiation.

It is part of a $2.3tn spending package that includes $1.4tn for normal federal government spending.

Had Mr Trump not signed the bill into law by midnight on Monday, a partial government shutdown would have begun unless legislators passed a stopgap bill.

About 14 million Americans faced a lapse in unemployment benefit payments and new stimulus cheques. Unemployment benefits will now be restored.

He leaves office on 20 January after losing November’s election to Mr Biden, although he has refused to admit defeat.

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