Trump Extends Government Funding For 24 Hours

President Donald Trump signed a resolution on Sunday night that will fund the government for the next 24 hours, preventing a shutdown just before midnight.

The White House has announced that President Trump signed the bill shortly after the House and Senate each passed the measure Sunday evening. Congress is expected to take up the stimulus package and government funding bill on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that congressional negotiators had finalized a deal that would link a $1.4 trillion government funding bill to roughly $900 billion in further coronavirus relief.

Trump has pushed for direct payments to Americans. He tweeted that Congress needed to reach a stimulus deal, pressuring lawmakers to give “more money in direct payments.”

The Washington Post reported last week that Trump wanted to call for direct payments of at least $1,200 and up to $2,000. The deal announced Sunday includes a round of $600 direct payments to certain Americans. 

Trump told reporters earlier this month he would support a coronavirus relief package if Congress were to reach a deal and aides indicated Sunday that he would support it. 

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