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Trump approves stimulus deal, government budget

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in December Associated Press/ Photo by Patrick Semansky

Trump approves stimulus deal, government budget

Days after demanding changes to the spending bill, President Donald Trump conceded on Sunday, saying it is his “responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship” caused by the pandemic. A week ago, lawmakers in the House and Senate approved a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill and a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package for the rest of the fiscal year. The package planned to give qualifying taxpayers $600 payments, but Trump had asked for up to $2,000 per person.

What comes next? Trump’s approval will prevent a government shutdown when federal funding expires tonight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the legislation is not perfect but would “do an enormous amount of good” for struggling Americans.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about the barriers to compromise on government funding and economic relief.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter and deputy global desk chief. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.


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