Trump signs Covid-19 relief and spending bill into law amid pressure.

President of the United States (US), Donald Trump has signed a coronavirus relief and spending package bill into law.

The president said he was signing the bill with ” a strong message that makes clear to congress that wasteful items needs to be removed”. The bill was signed on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

Republican and Democratic Party lawmakers had been pleading with him to sign the bill before a budget deadline of midnight on Monday, December 28, 2020. According to the lawmakers, some government agencies would have had to close, unless legislators could pass a stopgap bill if he had not signed the bill.

The president had previously refused to sign the bill, criticizing it as “wasteful spending” and calling for a better payouts to the large number of people hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Trump issued a veto threat in a video describing the package as a “disgrace” and full of “wasteful” items after the house of Representatives and Senate approved the coronavirus aid relief bill passed last Monday, December 21, 2020.

The “wasteful” bill according to Mr. Trump includes a payment of $600 to Americans earning less than $75,000 a year, Mr. Trump said he wanted Americans to receive $2,000 instead but was declined by Republicans in Congress.

Congress after months of negotiation approved the relief package worth $900bn. The spending package for the federal government $1.4tn.

Image source: The Guardian. Hunger surges in America amid spiraling pandemic

Although Mr. Trump has not conceded defeat after loosing to Mr. Biden, the president elect, he leaves office on Wednesday, 20th January, 2021.

Source: bbc.com

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