Trump’s attack on Covid relief bill could lead to government shutdown, lapse in unemployment aid
President Donald Trump at the United Nations, September 24, 2019.
Carlo Allegri | Reuters
President Donald Trump‘s last-second opposition to a coronavirus relief and federal funding bill already passed by Congress threatens to torch jobless benefits for millions of Americans and shut down the government during a deadly public health crisis.
After weeks of no involvement in congressional efforts to pass another aid package, the outgoing president shocked Washington on Tuesday night by calling the bill a “disgrace” and pushing lawmakers to increase $600 direct payments to $2,000.
While he did not explicitly say whether he would veto the bill or simply refuse to sign it, Trump said the “next administration will have to deliver a Covid relief package” if Congress does not send him revised legislation.
Any delay in the measure becoming law threatens financial ruin for already struggling Americans. …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]