Republicans & Dems. back Trump’s $2.3 trillion COVID relief bill
by Jon Fleetwood | December 28, 2020
Trump receives bipartisan support in his fight for the American people.
Republican Georgia senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler released a joint statement praising President Donald Trump’s $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and spending bill.
The President’s signing of the bill on Sunday averted a partial government shutdown that would have begun on Dec. 29, according to The Epoch Times.
The signing, at Trump’s Florida club comes after months of negotiations.
“Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, COVID relief is again on its way to the millions of Georgia families and businesses who need it most,” said Sens. Perdue and Loeffler.
“Make no mistake: a great deal of work remains,” they continued. “The coronavirus pandemic grinded [sic] to a halt the greatest economic turnaround in American history, and Democrats are hellbent on a socialist agenda that prioritizes wasteful, irresponsible spending over the well-being of the American people.”
“We look forward to continuing to fight alongside the president in his relentless pursuit to keep America great,” they wrote.
The White House confirmed Sunday evening that Trump had signed the legislation: “On Sunday, December 27, 2020, the President signed into law: H.R. 133, an Act making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, providing coronavirus emergency response and relief, and for other purposes.”
The $900 billion relief package will aid the suffering of American citizens. “As president of the United States, it is my responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship that was caused by the China virus,” said Trump.
“I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more,” added the President.
“More money is coming,” he said, vowing to “never give up” fighting for the American people.
Trump had blasted Congress’s failure to meet his demand to increase the checks from $600 to $2,000.
The House will vote to increase direct payments to $2,000 per person and $5,200 for a family of four on Monday, and that the Senate will also start the process for a vote, reports Epoch Times.
The Democratic-led House supports the larger checks and is set to vote on the issue Monday, but it’s expected to be ignored by the Republican-held Senate where spending faces opposition, according to Newsmax.
Nevertheless, the bill has received praise from both Republicans as well as democrats.
“The compromise bill is not perfect, but it will do an enormous amount of good for struggling Kentuckians and Americans across the country who need help now,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). “I thank the President for signing this relief into law.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), called the signing “welcome news for the fourteen million Americans who just lost the lifeline of unemployment benefits on Christmas weekend, and for the millions more struggling to stay afloat during this historic pandemic and economic crisis.”
$1.4 trillion of the bill will go to fund government agencies through September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as an increase in food stamp benefits.