President Trump has refused to sign into law a $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package while stating that it did not do enough to help everyday people.
The bill would provide $892 billion to Covid-19 relief which would include an extension on special unemployment benefits as well as $1.4 trillion for normal government spending.
According to Labor Department data, approximately 14 million people could lose extra benefits without Trump’s signature.
Both Republicans and Democrats agreed to the package last weekend, with the support of the White House.
Initially, Trump didn’t object to the terms of the deal before it was voted through by Congress on Monday night.
Since then, Trump has complained that the bill gives too much interest to special interests, foreign aid and cultural projects, while the one-time stimulus checks of $600 were too small for Americans and demanded that they be raised to $2,000.
Made many calls and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2020