As the year comes to an end, the coronavirus matter seems not to come to an end as there are plans to continue another lockdown in different states. Just today, US president took the whole issue to a new turn as he signed a bill that would cover for the relief and spending package.
He signed into law a coronavirus relief and spending package bill, averting a partial government shutdown that would have started today, December 28, had he not signed by Sunday midnight.
Trump had initially refused to sign the bill which was to pay citizens $600, saying he wanted to give people bigger one-off payments.
The delay meant that millions of Americans temporarily lost unemployment benefits.
The relief package signed by Trump worth $900bn (£665bn) was approved by Congress after months of negotiation and is part of a $2.3tn spending package that includes $1.4tn for normal federal government spending.
The bill includes a payment of $600 to Americans earning less than $75,000 a year.
Trump said he was signing the bill with “a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed”.
US President-elect Joe Biden had warned of “devastating consequences” if Mr Trump continued to refuse to sign.
Biden described Mr Trump’s refusal to sign the bill as an “abdication of responsibility”.
“It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don’t know if they’ll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority,” Biden said.
Trump leaves office on 20 January after losing November’s election to Mr Biden, although he has refused to admit defeat which is seemingly alarming to the people.
In the midst of it all we still got our hopes up and fingers crossed as we await our own country’s response to the proposed lockdown meant to begin by 2021.
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News source @Lindaikeji