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Trump signs COVID-19 relief and government funding bill Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Sunday signed the COVID-19 relief and government funding bill after threatening not to sign it.

The roughly $900 billion contained in the COVID-19 relief bill will provide $300 a week for unemployed Americans and send direct $600 checks to most Americans who have been hit by the economic impact of COVID-19.

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It will also provide funding to fight COVID-19 and additional money to businesses that have been affected by the shutdown caused by the deadly disease.

In addition, Trump signed the normal government funding bill of $1.4 trillion that will fund the government until the end of September 2021.

Before signing the bill, Trump tweeted: “Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow!”

“I applaud the President’s decision to get billions of dollars of crucial COVID-19 relief out the door and into the hands of American families,” Senate Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted. “I am glad the American people will receive this much-needed assistance as our nation continues battling this pandemic.”

Senate Lindsey Graham tweeted that “Congress will vote on additional stimulus checks and to repeal Section 230.

“With President @realDonaldTrump signing the COVID relief and government funding bill, suffering Americans will get help, the vaccine will be distributed faster, and the government will stay open,” he wrote.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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