Thursday, October 21st, 2021 01:34:57

US President Donald Trump signs Coronavirus relief package bill

Updated: December 28, 2020 3:23 pm

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

President 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.

In a statement, Mr Trump said, he was signing the bill to restore unemployment benefits, return airline workers back to work and add substantially more money for vaccine distribution.

The relief package worth 900 billion dollar was approved by Congress after months of negotiation. It is part of a 2.3 trillion dollar spending package that includes 1.4 trillion dollar for normal federal government spending.

If President Trump had not signed the bill into law by midnight tonight, a partial government shutdown would have begun unless legislators passed a stopgap bill.

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