President Trump has been indicating some extreme displeasure with the way in which Congress has stymied a second round of COVID-19 relief payments on account of their own partisanship, but his options are beginning to run out.
The American people are between a rock and a hard place at the moment. The only thing standing between them and the utter chaos of mass evictions is the ongoing assistance coming from the federal government, which is set to expire at the end of the month without a new relief bill.
The left and right sides of the aisle have been arguing nonstop over this necessary stimulus for months, all while the rest of us are learning to cope with stresses we’ve never before had.
After settling on a $900 billion package that included $600 direct payments to Americans, President Trump suddenly jumped into the fray and demanded that the bill be amended to increase that payment to $2.000 or more. Congress couldn’t compromise on that, and, over the Christmas holiday, We The People were staring at the economic asteroid together.
Now, at the 11th hour, (and then some), the Commander in Chief appears to be ready to sign on the dotted line.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign a spending bill into law before Monday night’s deadline and avert a government shutdown, two people familiar with his plans said, a move that would release $900 billion in stimulus funds as soon as possible.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter remained fluid and they were not authorized to disclose Trump’s plans.
Trump’s apparent decision to sign the bill came less than a week after he demanded changes to it and had suggested that he would refuse to sign it.
The government was set to shut down Tuesday if Trump would not sign the bill. The spending package also included a new round of stimulus checks, unemployment aid, and small-business assistance.
Now we can only hope that it isn’t a day late or a buck short.
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