As President Donald Trump has not yet signed the aid bill passed by Congress, COVID relief checks and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans are pending. Instead, Trump has played golf at Mar-a-Lago in the past few days.
Congress finally reached an agreement this month to provide US residents with additional COVID assistance, including a $600 check for most people. However, Trump criticized the bill after it was passed and asked Congress to increase the bill’s $600 check to $2,000 for direct payment-this is something his own party does not want to do. House Democrats are happy to pressure Republicans to increase the check amount, but they refuse to do so.
Unless Trump signs the bill immediately while in Florida, checks and housing protection and unemployment assistance will be delayed. According to the “New York Times”
As of Saturday, the president has not arranged any public events.
Democrats like President-elect Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders have made public statements urging Trump to sign key relief bills. Biden called Trump’s inaction a “possible consequence.”
In a tweet, Sanders asked Trump to “stop playing golf and sign the bill immediately!”
Sanders added: “And told Mitch McConnell to pass legislation to provide the working class with a direct payment of $2,000.”
The White House did not respond to queries from BuzzFeed News.
However, the president tweeted on Saturday that even though the House Republicans rejected the proposal this week, he still hopes to receive a $2,000 stimulus check. He wrote on Twitter: “I just want our great man to get $2,000 instead of the current $600.”
Trump added: “Also, stop billions of dollars of’pork’.” He was referring to expenditures that he considered wasteful.
If the spending bill is not signed into law, the government will also shut down next week.