US President Donald Trump signed into law the crucial coronavirus relief and spending package along with an annual spending bill Sunday, a day before the Monday night deadline, and averted a government shutdown.
The reason for the change of mind is not known. Trump had previously refused to sign the bill stating the quantum of $600 per affected family was too low and that it included several instances of “wasteful spending.” The Congress legislation approved the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill and a $1.4 trillion government funding bill and demanded $2,000 checks and cutting out foreing aid on December 21. Trump finally decided to sign on Sunday evening after several days of lobbying by allies. However, he said that he will insist on reductions in spending in parts of the bills, although Congress does not have to comply.
As reported earlier, the additional stimulus package got stuck in limbo after it was rejected by the President, was amended and re-tabled in the House of Representatives as a consensus bill.