WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Sunday night, President Donald Trump signed the pandemic relief and government-funding measure that he called a disgrace.
Last week, Trump said in a video posted to Twitter: “I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple.”
His comments blindsided members of both parties and upended months of negotiations when he demanded last week that the package — already passed the House and Senate by large margins and believed to have Trump’s support — be revised to include larger relief checks and scaled-back spending.
Before Trump signed the bill on Sunday night, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said he understood that Trump “wants to be remembered for advocating for big checks, but the danger is he’ll be remembered for chaos and misery and erratic behavior if he allows this to expire.”
As Trump delayed signing the bill, unemployment benefits for millions of Americans expired on Saturday night.