President Donald Trump finally signed the COVID-19 relief bill and state funding package on Sunday evening. That ended a crisis that resulted in 14 million Americans losing their unemployment insurance and threatening to shut down the government during a pandemic.
His signature came after spending much of the weekend ranting the legislation, demanding that the number of stimulus checks for Americans be tripled and wasteful spending cut. The president was largely absent while his administration negotiated the details of the final package with Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.
But on Sunday night, Trump's sudden reversal came.
"I'm signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental support, add money for PPP, get our airline employees back to work, add significantly more money to distribute vaccines, and more," Trump said on the signing of the law package which he called a "shame" a week earlier.
The White House issued a strongly worded statement from the president with the signing announcement, in which Trump said he would send it back with lines indicating the expenses he would like to cut.
"I will send a redrafted version back to Congress, point by point, along with the formal resignation to Congress insisting that these funds be removed from the bill," Trump said in the statement.
However, the president has no veto power over line items that the Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional. The package was signed as it was when Congress passed it last week.
Additionally, many of the federal budget spending items that Trump plans to cut were included in his original budget request to Congress earlier this year.
The White House also claimed it had other concessions from Capitol Hill, including the Senate opening the process for $ 2,000 stimulus checks, overriding Section 230, which protects tech companies from lawsuits, and investigating electoral fraud.
Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell released a statement applauding Trump's signing of the $ 900 billion aid / funding package, but failed to mention the three points Trump urged the Senate to make.
I thank the President for signing this relief, as well as for legislating government funding for a full year that will continue the reconstruction and modernization of our armed forces that his government has advocated. His leadership prevented the government from closing at a time when our nation could not have afforded one, ”said McConnell.
"I am glad that the American people will receive this much-needed aid as our nation continues to fight this pandemic," he added.
Trump's presidency ends in less than a month on January 20th.
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President Donald Trump eventually signed the COVID-19 Relief Act and State Funding Package
& # 39; Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Follow information! & # 39; The president tweeted just before 6:30 p.m. and just before he signed the bill in Mar-a-Lago
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's statement made no mention of President Trump's alleged Senate action
Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi will legislate on Monday for the $ 2,000 stimulus checks that Trump called for last week when he issued his surprise veto threat. However, it is unclear how such legislation will play out in the Senate, where several Republican senators oppose such a high outlay. While negotiating the final deal, an attempt to pass $ 1,200 stimulus checks failed in the upper chamber.
As President of the United States, it is my responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and trouble caused by the China virus.
I understand that tough actions by democratically run states have forced many small businesses to close. Lots of people are back at work, but my job isn't done until everyone is back at work.
Fortunately, because of my collaboration with Congress in passing the CARES bill earlier this year, we avoided another world economic crisis. Under my leadership, Project Warp Speed was a huge success. My administration and I developed a vaccine that was many years ahead of the wildest expectations, and we will soon be distributing this and other vaccines to millions of people.
As President, I told Congress that I wanted far less wasteful spending and more money for the American people in the form of $ 2,000 checks per adult and $ 600 per child.
As President, I am calling for many resignations under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The law provides that “when the President determines that any budgetary authority is not required, in whole or in part, to carry out the full objectives or scope of the programs for which it is responsible is provided or that such a budgetary authority should be suspended for fiscal or other reasons (including the termination of approved projects or activities for which a budgetary authority has been allocated), the President shall send a special message to both Houses of Congress describing the amount reserved the relevant accounts, the reasons for the resignation and the economic effects of the resignation. 2 U.S.C. Section 683.
I will be signing the Omnibus and Covid Package with a strong message making it clear to Congress that wasteful items must be removed. I will be sending a redrafted version back to Congress, point by point, along with a formal resignation to Congress insisting that these funds be removed from the bill.
I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental support, add money for PPP, get our airline employees back to work, add significantly more money to distribute vaccines, and much more.
On Monday the House will decide to increase payments to individuals from $ 600 to $ 2,000. Hence, a family of four would receive $ 5,200. In addition, Congress has promised that Section 230, which is wrongly benefiting Big Tech at the expense of the American people, will be reviewed and either terminated or radically reformed.
Likewise, the House and Senate have agreed to focus heavily on the very significant electoral fraud that took place in the November 3rd presidential election.
The Senate will begin the process for a vote that will increase checks to $ 2,000, overturn Section 230, and initiate an electoral fraud investigation.
Big Tech must not receive protection from Section 230!
Election fraud must be fixed!
There is a lot more money coming. I will never give up my fight for the American people!
Pelosi urged Trump to convince Republicans to join the Democrats to increase the level of aid controls.
Now the President must immediately call on Congressional Republicans to end their disability and join him and the Democrats in supporting our stand-alone legislation and increasing direct payments checks to $ 2,000, which will be hit the ground tomorrow. Any Republican vote against this bill is a vote to deny the financial hardship of families and to deny the American people the relief they need, "she said in a statement Sunday evening.
The Senate Democratic chairman Chuck Schumer issued his own pressure.
& # 39; The house is going to pass a bill to give the Americans $ 2,000 checks. Then I'll get it passed in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will the Senate Republicans be? ", Asked he.
In addition, the current session of the Congress ends on January 3rd, leaving very little time on the calendar to do such work.
Earlier on Sunday night, before leaving his home in Mar-a-Lago to have dinner at his Trump International Golf Club, the president hinted at his plans and tweeted, "Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Follow information! & # 39;
A short time later, a source confirmed to DailyMail.com that Trump had signed the bill in Mar-a-Lago on Sunday evening.
After signing the bill, Trump still called for the $ 2,000 stimulus checks for Americans in a statement that read, "As President, I told Congress that I could spend far less wasteful and make more money in the form of $ 2,000 – Checks to go to the American people per year adult and $ 600 per child.
Had Trump continued his threat not to sign the legislation, the federal government would have run out of money at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.
Amid mounting economic hardship and the spread of disease, lawmakers on Sunday called on Trump to immediately sign the legislation and mandate Congress with additional help.
Aside from unemployment benefits and family benefits, funds are at stake for vaccine distribution, businesses, starved public transportation systems and more. Protection against evictions is also at stake.
Senator Lindsey Graham arrived in Mar-a-Lago to play golf with Trump on Christmas Day and to discuss legislation with the President.
Other Republicans, including House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and several Republican Senators, worked over the weekend to convince Trump to sign the bill, multiple sources told Politico.
Republicans also attended Sunday morning political shows to pressure Trump to sign the laws.
Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey said he understood that Trump "wants to be remembered for campaigning for big checks, but the risk is he will be remembered for chaos, misery and erratic behavior if he does." lets this expire ".
"I think the best I can do is sign this and then stand up for future laws," Toomey added during his appearance on Fox News Sunday.
In addition, the bipartisan group of lawmakers involved in the original negotiations issued a statement on Sunday calling on Trump to sign the bill or veto it if he disliked it so that Congress could consider repealing it could vote this veto.
"If your objection to the COVID-19 Aid Act prevents you from signing, please veto immediately. You have made your position clear, and if you reject it quickly, proponents can act before it is too late, ”the legislature wrote.
“You have never been characterized as a man of inactivity in your personal, professional, or political life. Now is not the time to stand idle – please do the right thing and sign or veto this bill immediately. & # 39;
The group included Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
& # 39; Relieved that this long-awaited, bipartisan emergency # COVID19 legislation has finally been incorporated into law. Aid is now on its way to workers, families and small businesses across the country in desperate need of help, "Romney tweeted after Trump signed the measure.
Trump had called for the amount of aid checks to be tripled from $ 600 to $ 2,000, which the House will vote on Monday
Amid mounting economic hardship and the spread of disease, lawmakers on Sunday called on Trump to immediately sign the legislation and mandate Congress with additional help. Trump plays golf on Sunday at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach
President Donald Trump (left) and Senator Lindsey Graham (right) went to the President’s West Palm Beach Golf Club on Christmas morning, where Graham spoke with Trump about COVID relief and the state finance bill
Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (left) urged President Trump to persuade Republicans such as GOP Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell (right) to extend stimulus checks to $ 2,000
Many Republicans criticized the president Sunday morning for refusing to sign the package.
Two critical unemployment programs expired on Saturday, ending unemployment benefits for millions of people. While Trump's signature returns the benefits, there may be delays on the checks over the holidays.
Maryland Gov Larry Hogan, a Republican who has criticized Trump's pandemic response and efforts to reverse the election results.
"I just gave up on guessing what to do next," he said.
Illinois Republican Rep Adam Kinzinger said there was too much at stake for Trump to "play that old Switcheroo game."
"I don't get the point," he said. "I don't understand what's being done, why, unless it's just about creating mayhem and showing power and being upset because you lost the choice."
Democrats also piled on top of the president.
Senator Bernie Sanders said Trump behaved as an "extraordinary narcissist" and was almost "pathologically narcissistic" in his eleventh hour crusade against the bill.
"What the president is doing right now is incredibly cruel," Sanders said in a Sunday interview with ABC moderator Jonathan Karl.
"Millions of people are losing their expanded unemployment benefits," continued the independent Vermont Senator. “They are being evicted from their homes because the eviction moratorium is ending. We're looking for a way to distribute the vaccine to tens of millions of people. There is money in this bill. & # 39;
On Saturday night, the president returned with another round of allegations of electoral fraud in a fiery Twitter tirade that concluded we were going to win.
He blew up the FBI, the US judicial system and the Department of Justice before declaring that the country's electoral system was "like that of a third world country."
Trump urged Republicans to help him fight for the presidency when he scored more hits and found the press and tech companies to be unfounded on charges of election fraud, the U.S. courts and the Department of Justice.
"Time for Republican senators to stand up for the presidency as the Democrats would if they actually won," Trump wrote on a Twitter thread.
Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday morning that Donald Trump was "incredibly cruel" for not yet signing the $ 900 billion aid to koroan virus and proposing to reject the entire package
GOP Senator Pat Toomey also railed the president on Sunday, claiming he would be remembered for "chaos and misery and unpredictable behavior" if he does not sign the Koroan Virus Relief Bill that hit his desk last week
On Saturday night, President Trump returned with yet another round of electoral fraud cases in a fiery Twitter tirade that concluded we were going to win.
President-elect Biden pictured here urged Trump to sign the legislation on Saturday on his way to church in Wilmington, Delaware
& # 39; The evidence is irrefutable! Massive mail-in votes until late at night in swing states, fill the ballot boxes (on video), double voters, dead voters, … fake signatures, illegal immigrant voters, banned Republican election observers, MORE VOTES THAN ACTUAL VOTERS (see above) Detroit & Philadelphia) and much more, ”he added, although his campaign has so far failed to provide evidence that any of these claims were true and his claims have been dismissed.
"The numbers are far larger than necessary to win each swing state and cannot even be challenged. The courts are bad, the FBI and" justice "have not done their job, and the United States' electoral system looks out." like that of a third world country, ”raged Trump.
“The freedom of the press is long gone, it's fake news, and now we have to deal with Big Tech (with section 230).
"But when it's all over and this time becomes just another ugly chapter in the history of our country, we will win !!!" The President concluded.
President-elect Joe Biden had urged Trump to sign the bill immediately as the deadline for two federal unemployment benefits programs approached midnight on Saturday.
"It's a day after Christmas and millions of families don't know if they can make ends meet because President Donald Trump has refused to sign an overwhelming, bipartisan Congressional law on economic aid." & # 39; Biden said in a statement.
He accused Trump of a "waiver of responsibility" which had "devastating consequences".
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