Trump signs COVID-19 aid bill into law after threatening veto

President Trump has signed into law a package that combines COVID-19 economic relief measures and federal spending for the next nine months, after threatening to veto it over what he called the puny size of stimulus checks.

Trump signed the bill, passed by the House and Senate on Dec. 21, as several provisions aimed at struggling Americans were about to expire or were already over. His move Sunday averts a federal government shutdown, with funds set to expire at midnight Monday.

Since Trump did not immediately sign the bill, as many as 14 million jobless Americans saw unemployment benefits temporarily cut off after they ended Sunday morning. That will now be restored, though in some cases, it could mean a loss of a week’s benefits.

And an eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of the year would have meant, if not extended, an deeply uncertain future for many renters come Jan. 1.

After largely staying on the sidelines during negotiations, Trump had been expected to sign the massive bill, which combines a $1.4 trillion fiscal year 2021 spending bill with roughly $900 billion in new federal aid to help the nation cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers attached other provisions that needed to pass by the end of the session, including a $10 billion water infrastructure bill and an intelligence reauthorization measure.

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