President Donald Trump on Sunday night signed an omnibus funding bill and an associated coronavirus relief bill that will extend billions of dollars in assistance to families and businesses affected by the pandemic.
Members of Congress had urged the president to sign the $1.4-trillion omnibus bill to fund the government through September after Trump shocked lawmakers by panning the relief bill and calling for direct payments to Americans to be increased from $600 in the bill to $2,000.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the most adamant voices supporting increased payments for Americans, said signing the bill restored unemployment benefits and moratoriums on evictions and allowed Congress to approve $2,000 payments later.
“Sign the bill Mr. President and then immediately, Monday, Tuesday, we can pass a $2,000 direct payment to the working families of this country,” Sanders said in a television interview.
Trump has been insisting to increase the payouts to US citizens badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic from $600 to $2,000. He also questioned in the bill some of the aid given to US allies, like Egypt that will get $1.3 billion but whose military buys most of its weapons from Russia. SOVEREIGNPH