Trump signs pandemic aid and spending bill, averts government shutdown

A military medical staff member prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as the coronavirus outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico.
A military medical staff member prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as the coronavirus outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico.
Image: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

US President Donald Trump on Sunday signed into law a $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package, restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and averting a federal government shutdown in a crisis of his own making.

Trump, who leaves office on January 20 after losing November's election to President-elect Joe Biden, backed down from his earlier threat to block the bill, which was approved by Congress last week after he came under intense pressure from lawmakers on both sides.

The Republican president, who golfed on Sunday and remained out of public view even as the government crisis loomed, had demanded that Congress change the bill to increase the size of stimulus checks for struggling Americans to $2,000 from $600 and also cut some other spending.

—Reuters


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