Second Covid-19 Stimulus Bill Finally Signed

After initially saying he may not sign the bill, President Trump has signed the $2.3 trillion stimulus legislation, extending unemployment benefits, and helping avoid a federal government shutdown, according to Reuters. Some advisers had pressured him in recent days to sign the legislation.

The legislation includes $600 in direct payments to Americans despite the fact last week Trump blasted Congress, saying the checks should be $2,000 instead. Democrats have been in favor of the bigger payments but not Republicans.

Those who are getting unemployment payments will receive $300 more a week through the middle of March, according to CNN. Unemployment payments had lapsed on Saturday after Trump failed to sign the bill.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to pass the $2,000 stimulus payments last week by bringing a stand-alone bill to the House after Trump spoke out in favor of the higher payments. House Republicans voted against the legislation.

“Now the President must immediately call on Congressional Republicans to end their obstruction and to join him and Democrats in support of our stand-alone legislation to increase direct payment checks to $2,000,” Pelosi said after Trump’s signing.

Trump pointed out that the House is scheduled to vote today on increasing the $600 direct payments Americans will receive to $2,000. The Senate is also expected to begin discussing a possible boost to the stimulus payments..

If the bill had not been signed, millions of federal employees paychecks would have been threatened after Tuesday. Congress passed the stimulus bill last Monday.