Democrats and Republicans had fought hard to get the new Corona aid package. But now President Trump is blocking the agreement. His successor Joe Biden fears dire consequences.
The elected US President Joe Biden has urged incumbent Donald Trump to put the Corona economic stimulus package, which was passed by Congress with non-partisan approval, into force with his signature. The Republican’s refusal to practice is irresponsible and will have “devastating consequences,” said Democrat Biden on Saturday.
If Trump doesn’t immediately sign the bill, about ten million Americans would lose their unemployment benefits, Biden said. The economic stimulus package of around 900 billion US dollars (about 730 billion euros) provides for, among other things, the payment of higher unemployment benefits by March. In addition, most citizens should receive a one-time aid payment of 600 dollars.
However, Trump is calling, among other things, for the payment to be increased to $ 2,000 per capita, which is why he has indicated that he could veto the legislative package. “Republicans must stop playing games while Americans are starving,” Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Twitter.
There is also a threat of a government shutdown
Despite the expiry of the corona aid, Trump formally has until the beginning of January to put the law into force with his signature or to veto. With the stimulus package, however, part of the federal government’s budget was also passed. A law on the interim financing of the business will expire on Monday. If Trump does not sign the legislative package by then, the government would have to suspend its business first, there would be a so-called shutdown.
“In just a few days, government funding will run out, jeopardizing vital services and salaries for the military,” Biden said. In addition, a measure will end in a few days to protect tenants from eviction in connection with the corona pandemic. From his inauguration on January 20, Biden wants to campaign for another stimulus package to contain the pandemic and stimulate the economy.
The new aid program is intended to complement previous measures against the economic and social consequences of the pandemic. The US Congress had already launched a gigantic economic program in March. With a volume of 2.2 trillion dollars, it was the largest aid package in US history. The funds were then topped up in April with another aid program.