Donald Trump finally gave in under pressure from parliamentarians of all political stripes. The American president ratified Sunday evening, after days of resistance, the new economic stimulus plan of 900 billion dollars adopted on December 21 by forceps by Congress. The tenant of the White House also signed in the wake of the federal state financing bill, which avoids the closure of public services on Tuesday.
“I ratify this legislation to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions [locatives], provide assistance to donors, add additional funds to the business loan program, allow airline employees to return to work and give substantial additional funds for the distribution of vaccines, ”explained Donald Trump in a statement. This turnaround comes in fact after a day marked by calls from all political sides urging it to act to avoid economic and social disaster.
Americans are in urgent need for emergency #COVID19 relief—lifelines like food, shelter, unemployment benefits, and small business relief. The President must immediately sign or veto the COVID-19 relief package so Congress can act before it’s too late. https://t.co/54XdZRCmju
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) December 27, 2020
“Americans need emergency aid,” the influential Republican Senator Mitt Romney had ordered a little earlier on Twitter. “The president must immediately ratify the congressional aid plan or else veto it before it is too late.”
Unemployment benefit awaiting presidential signature
Until Sunday evening, Donald Trump attributed his refusal to affix his seal on the bill to the fact that it was necessary to revalue the aid checks to families in difficulty, thus opposing the elected officials of his own Republican party and putting millions of Americans at risk. Unemployment benefit under two federal assistance programs put in place in March as part of the first plan to support the economy expired at midnight on Saturday, leaving at least 12 million Americans in the dark. benefited, according to progressive think tank The Century Foundation.
The new stimulus plan extends federal aid paid to the unemployed until mid-March, grants guaranteed loans to businesses, provides billions of dollars in aid to SMEs, catering companies, hotels and even the air Transport. It also extends the moratorium prohibiting the evictions of people who cannot pay their rent, suspends foreclosures and finally provides funds for the distribution of anti-Covid vaccines. Without Donald Trump’s signature, all of these measures could not come into effect. It’s now done.