After days of delay Donald Trump has finally signed the Covid-19 relief and spending bill. Anika Khan reports.
- The refused bill was putting millions of Americans at risk of losing their jobs and unemployment aid.
- For months now, Trump has turned deaf ears to the members of his own party and the democrats regarding this bill.
- He finally released a statement stating that it is his, “responsibility to protect the people…from the economic devastation and hardship”.
- He has signed covid-19 relief last night which states that Americans will receive $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child.
- In the statement, He further mentioned that the, “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.”
- He also promised that “more money is coming” to help the country fight the national crisis.
- This news has resulted in US stocks to increase by 0.4%.
- Aside from unemployment benefits, and relief payments, Trump needs to sign more bills to control the crisis, for example, the distribution of vaccines.
- The president-elect, Joe Biden has charged Donald for the abdication of his responsibility in a statement on Saturday.
- The relief bill comes as the pandemic situation worsens in the USA with medical experts warning that darker days are head.
Trump took to twitter, stating the flaws of the bill that was submitted to him:
America is facing a growing economic hardship as the country fails to control the pandemic. Lawmakers and campaigners have been urging Trump to sign the legislation immediately and come to the aid of the people.