President Trump signed a Covid relief bill that has taken a while to get passed.
The White House issued a statement that it has secured a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a standalone vote for $2,000 per person relief checks Trump had been pushing for.
The Senate will consider legislation to repeal “Section 230” of the Communications Act that gives immunity to social media publishers. It also said the Senate would conduct investigations into voter fraud.
Trump tweeted “Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow!” but did not give further details as millions of Americans struggling through the pandemic faced the loss of unemployment benefits.
Two federal unemployment benefit programs approved in March as part of an initial COVID relief plan expired at midnight on Saturday, cutting off an estimated 12 million Americans, according to The Century Foundation think tank.
The relief package, passed by Congress on December 21, would extend those benefits as well as others set to expire in the days ahead.
He did not say why he waited until the bill was already approved to make his views known.