U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a draft budget for 2021 Sunday night, including an economic stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“President Donald Trump has signed H.R. 133, an Act making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, providing coronavirus emergency response and relief, and for other purposes” tweeted The White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere.
Trump signed the massive $2.3 trillion dollar coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law, averting a government shutdown that was set to begin on Tuesday, and extending billions of dollars in coronavirus aid to millions.
Trump’s signature of the $900 billion Covid relief package extends unemployment benefits for millions of jobless gig-workers and independent contractors, as well as the long-term unemployed.
The estimated 12 million people in two key pandemic unemployment programs, who were facing their last payment this weekend, will now receive benefits for another 11 weeks. Plus, all those collecting jobless payments will receive a $300 weekly federal boost through mid-March.