NEW YORK – President-elect Joe Biden Saturday demanded President Donald Trump sign the $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill and a year-end spending bill to keep the government from shutting down.
“President Trump should make sure millions of Americans can keep food on the table and a roof over their heads this holiday season,” Biden said in a statement.
Biden pointed out that Trump’s stubborn refusal to sign the stimulus bill means 10 million Americans will lose jobless benefits Saturday. An eviction ban will expire on Thursday.
Military families won’t get needed payments if the so-called omnibus spending bill isn’t signed.
“This abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences,” Biden said. “This bill is critical. It needs to be signed now.”
Trump has so far refused to sign the sprawling stimulus bill even though his own White House negotiators gave it their blessing.
The stimulus bill, which came after months of haggling, was passed by wide bipartisan majorities.
Trump says he wants the $600 direct payments to Americans raised to $2,000, even though his Republican allies insisted on the smaller figure.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox
Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.