18 January 2022,   19:56
Trump signs USD 2.3 trillion spending bill, pandemic aid package

President Donald Trump Sunday signed a USD 2.3 trillion funding measure that includes USD 900 billion for coronavirus relief and USD 1.4 trillion for government funding through next September, writes VOA.

The president had called the bill “a disgrace” after the House of Representatives and Senate passed it last week, capping months of negotiations in which Trump was little involved.

His objections surprised many who thought the president would support the funding measure, and brought a week of calls from Republican and Democratic leaders for him to sign it.

Without Trump’s signature or passage of a stopgap measure to fund operations, a partial government shutdown would have begun Tuesday. Increased unemployment benefits and eviction protections expired early Sunday.