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President Trump has signed the COVID relief spending bill relieving lawmakers and averting a shutdown.
According to Fox News:
President Trump’s Sunday night decision to sign the combination COVID relief/government spending plan averts a shutdown tomorrow night. The government was funded through 11:59 p.m. Monday. But Mr. Trump’s signature means the government is now funded through September 30, 2021.
The President railed against the combination package last week – even though the final plan was negotiated by the top four bicameral, bipartisan Congressional leaders and his own point man Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
The plan passed with 359 votes in the House and 92 votes in the Senate.
President Trump objected to foreign aid provisions which he deemed “pork” in the spending provision of the combination measure – even though the president requested much of that money in his budget request sent to Congress earlier this year. Many Republicans opposed any stimulus checks. But after wrangling, the sides settled on $600 checks. Then last week, the president, who was absent from the negotiations, demanded $2,000 direct payments and refused to sign the legislation into law.
House Democrats have written a bill to provide $2000 payments to Americans. That bill is expected to be on the House floor on Monday.