President Trump has signed a measure to fund the government for an additional 24 hours that Congress will need to put the finishing touches to its compromise legislation, he announced overnight.
In a statement by the White House press secretary released shortly before midnight on Monday, the Commander in Chief confirmed that he had signed the rolling resolution.
The move gives the divided house and Senate an extra day to enforce their hotly contested COVID-19 relief effort along with a $ 1.4 trillion state finance bill.
On Friday, Congress passed an original two-day extension that allowed lawmakers to continue their work after months of legislative paralysis.
After this period, the second extension was requested.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Said the negotiations were “very close” to success on Friday as he spoke in the Senate about the state of play.
“Our bipartisan discussions continue to make significant progress towards another aid package for the American people,” argued the soon-to-be top Republican from the Senate on Friday.
McConnell, along with fellow House and Senate leaders, has pledged that the bodies could not break at Christmas without legislation being enforced.
The compromise bill includes a temporary $ 300 per week allowance increase and includes $ 600 in direct stimulus payments to most Americans.
Meanwhile, President Trump has pushed for higher direct payments and even advocated raising the number to USD 1,200 and higher.
In March, Congress passed a $ 2.2 trillion aid package that included $ 1,200 in direct payments to most Americans.
Meanwhile, the Compromise Act provides for more subsidies for companies, more funds for schools and health care providers, and evacuation protection for tenants.
“Why isn’t Congress giving our people an incentive? It wasn’t their fault, it was China’s fault. Get it done and give them more direct payments,” he tweeted on Sunday.
Without action by Congress, millions of Americans unemployed as a result of the coronavirus that killed over 318,000 people in the United States and destroyed the global economy would have lost unemployment benefits on December 26th.
With postal wires