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Trump Signs COVID Relief and Spending Package

Trump Signs COVID Relief and Spending Package

Trump still might get the $2,000 checks he wants for citizens.

President Donald Trump signed the massive $900 billion COVID relief bill and $1.4 trillion spending package, which Congress tied together for expediency, to keep the government funded through September.

Trump railed against the COVID bill because it only gives the American people $600.

But it appears he signed this bill since the Democrats “prepped a bill to provide for $2,000 payment checks.”

Unemployment benefits lapsed for people over the weekend but will pick up again now that Trump signed the bill.

However, payments might get delayed.

From The Wall Street Journal:

The bill would also extend the maximum number of weeks a person can claim unemployment benefits to 50 weeks. It would provide an additional $100-a-week subsidy for workers who have both wage and self-employment income but whose basic unemployment benefits don’t take into account their self-employment income.

It would also give unemployed Americans a supplemental benefit of up to $300 a week, a cut from the previous $600 a week that was approved in April, and ended in the summer.

The legislation would extend until the end of January 2021 a federal eviction prohibition and provide $25 billion of assistance to tenants in arrears on their rent. It also contains billions of dollars to help airlines, small businesses, entertainment venues and farms, as well as money to help Americans get vaccinated from the virus.

But Trump objected to the massive pork inside of the spending package. This includes $26.5 billion “to foreign countries for development assistance, global health programs and humanitarian assistance” and “$55.5 billion for discretionary funding in overseas operations.”

$10 million to Pakistan for gender programs. $700 million to Sudan. There are others:

Exhibit E: Another $40 million will be allocated “for the necessary expenses for the operation, maintenance and security” of The Kennedy Center, which received $25 million in another COVID-19 relief bill earlier this year. Also in a related story, the Kennedy Center has been closed.

Exhibits F, G, H, I, J: $86 million for assistance to Cambodia; $130 million to Nepal, $135 million to Burma, $453 million to Ukraine, $700 million to Sudan.

Exhibit K: The bill creates a Women’s History Museum and an American Latino Museum as part of the Smithsonian. Overall, the Smithsonian gets (checks notes again) $1 billion.


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Holding up the entire bill was the only leverage available to get the $2000 stimulus. Now, there’s no incentive for Congress to do anything more. Just wondering what’s behind waiving the white flag on this.

Surrender!! Thanks for nothing. We continue to get screwed by Democrats and Republicans.

What the hell? Why did he sign this POS? What improvements were done?

Did I miss something?

    Yes. He just declared defeat.

      MarkS in reply to txvet2. | December 28, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Typical Republican!

        txvet2 in reply to MarkS. | December 28, 2020 at 6:29 pm

        I’m not a Republican (OR a Democrat) and never have been. I DO have sense enough to know that when you’re depending on SCOTUS to suddenly do a 180 and bail him out, you’re in fantasy land.

      heyjoojoo in reply to txvet2. | December 28, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      No. He didn’t declare defeat. anyone who says that can’t really be an authentic Trump supporter. I’m starting to hear that this more about Jan 6.

        txvet2 in reply to heyjoojoo. | December 28, 2020 at 6:26 pm

        I never claimed to be an “authentic Trump supporter”. I’m a conservative not a cultist, and there was nothing conservative about signing this abortion. It’s Trump throwing up his hands and admitting defeat and Trumpbots can’t handle it. The $2000 is more of the same thing (sending money we don’t have to people who haven’t earned it), and if Trumpbots were conservatives instead of cultists, they’d realize it.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to heyjoojoo. | December 27, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Remember Mother Russia and her deep freeze winter welcomes for enemies.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to heyjoojoo. | December 28, 2020 at 8:22 am

    He “grew in office “.

I am really disappointed in Trump for signing this

Really BS

There is more to the story of you follow The Conservative Treehouse. Also, I found this link in the comments:

Trump signed an omnibus bill.

    alaskabob in reply to willow. | December 27, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    This is all confusing especially when disinformation is the lens through which all of this plays out. I am parking my emotions on the sideline as much as I can since all I can do is wait for any marching orders. Can someone just send up the balloon when it’s time?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to willow. | December 27, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Great article. Thanks.

    Some from it.

    “The $1.3-T Omnibus Bill is NOT a Federal Budget


    The Big Q: Why is the Omnibus Spending Bill going no where?

    The Big A: It is NOT an official US Federal Budget.

    …..US President Donald J. Trump outsmarted the DC elites again

    ….. Congress screwed themselves by not passing a Budget

    Here is what this means

    The Constitution requires the President adhere to a Budget set forth by Congress and direct the expenditures as provided therein.

    This Omnibus Spending Bill is just another Big Pork Bills, you know like they gave Mr. Hussein Obama for 8 years.

    An Omnibus Spending Bill may have some ‘instructions’ as to how the money will be spent, but Mr. Hussein Obama ignored them.

    He either spent the money, or he did not spend it, however he wanted to. And Congress could not, did not do a thing about.

    A very savvy and keenly aware President Trump saw this happen, year on year. And he came to realize that the appropriations for the things in the Omnibus Spending Bills are only suggestions.

    So like Mr. Hussein Obama, President Trump can spend this money on what he wants to, or does not want spend it on.

    Take Planned Parenthood

    If our President told the US Treasury Department to ‘slow-walk’ the money to Planned Parenthood…until the say, the Senate gives him his confirmations, that would be what would happen.

    Take Sanctuary Cities

    If our President decided to ‘slow-walk’ that money too until those Dem managed Sanctuary Cities assists ICE in rounding up criminal illegal aliens, that would be what would happen.

    And so on, and there is noting Congress can do about it the Oval Office now has the purse strings.

    And when questioned and/or criticized, President Trump could just say Congress you should have passed a Budget.

    So, our artful deal-maker said just give me money for the Military and the Wall, put anything else you want in it and sure enough they did. As the old adage goes, ‘the last glands to go are the greed glands’.

    President Trump does not have to spend a Buck that he does not want to, because it is not a budge, he can spend as he pleases.

    Congress appropriates money, then it is up to the President to do with it as he pleases.

    Again, that is why Mr. Hussein Obama never had a Budget during his Presidency, as Congress voted continuing Omnibus Spending Bills, and for 8 years he took the money, and no one really knows what he did with it…….”

    MarkS in reply to willow. | December 28, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Looks like someone is trying to put lipstick on a pig

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Trump is the last to disappoint in a country full of disappointments. Tell me, does this now mean ILLEGALS will be getting $3,000.00 “stimulus” checks? Why would Trump let these bastards win again? Exactly what did he have to lose by opposing, and NOT signing, a bill that sells out the American citizen once again? On the bright side, Trump did promise we’ll NEVER become a socialist country, right?

It is up to us. Anyone have an idea that doesn’t involve bloodshed?

Didn’t this bill also have the kicker that the President has to advise Congress on any deployment of the military under the Insurrection Act?

Unless I’m wrong about this, I’d say the party’s over.

Four years in DC and he still believed them. (Head shaking back and forth.)

Trump was going to have to sign the bills. His only real objection to the COVID Relief bill was the amount of the pay-out to the citizens. Vetoing the Omnibus bill would have only delayed its passage and delayed the benefits that many people are depending upon. So, both politically and personally, he was inclined to sign at bill as well. He was using the threat of a veto to boost the amount of relief to individuals.

People assume that Trump is an ideologue, who is personally opposed to the climate in DC. This does not appear to be the case. He has bent over backwards to make allowances for DC practices in order to advance his agenda. Unlike the Progressives and Democrats, he is not willing to burn down the house to get his own way. He is probably the greatest statesman we have had in the WH since George Washington. If people want the climate in DC to change, they are going to have to up off their backsides and change it themselves, either at the polls or through other forms of expression. It is DJT’s job.

    Mac45 in reply to Mac45. | December 28, 2020 at 11:52 am

    One other note. Apparently Trump is using the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, to red-line the provisions of the Covid Relief act which do not pertain to Covid relief and to demand other concessions from Congress, for signing the bill. Until the Congress acts, these items will not go into effect. I wonder what will happen to all the pork and whether the Congress will act on the rest of Trump’s demands.