Trump’s threat to veto Covid relief bill is holding up $9 billion in state vaccine funding
A person holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the University Of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020.
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U.S. states are anxiously awaiting billions in federal aid to fund their vaccine distribution plans, currently held up in Washington and under veto threat by President Donald Trump.
After weeks of silence on the legislation, 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. The package also includes more than $8 billion to fund state vaccine distribution programs, which is now on pause as House Democrats scramble to meet Trump’s demand.
“We’re concerned because this is money we needed in the spring. It’s now the end of December,” said Adriane Casalotti, the top …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]