Amidst his holdout from signing the urgent coronavirus relief bill, President-elect Joe Biden demanded on Saturday that President Donald Trump signs the bill, lambasting his decision not to sign the bill before funding for the federal supplemental unemployment benefit ran out Saturday night.
“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 in a statement.
“This abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences. Today, about 10 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits” Biden continued. “In just a few days, government funding will expire, putting vital services and paychecks for military personnel at risk. In less than a week, a moratorium on evictions expires, putting millions at risk of being forced from their homes over the holidays.”
Believing American citizens deserve more than 600 dollars in stimulus checks and criticizing the extraneous foreign aid, Trump vetoed the bill despite the 900 billion dollar relief package passing both chambers of Congress. “It’s called the COVID relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID,” Trump lashed out in a Twitter video. “I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple.”
With upcoming negotiations on Monday, President Trump will be directly involved in pressuring legislators to pass a revised bill. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), among other prominent House Democrats, agreed to the 2,000 dollar check.
“Made many calls and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida,” Trump tweeted Friday. “Why would politicians not want to give people $2000, rather than only $600? It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!”
Lauren Bauer, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, estimated 11 million Americans would lose their unemployment benefits because of Trump’s refusal to sign the relief bill, with millions more on the verge of exhausting their benefits and being without any source of income or aid.