President Trump signed a COVID relief bill that extends unemployment benefits and provides $600 checks for most Americans. He is continuing his push to bring that amount to $2,000.
President Donald Trump signed the massive $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill, 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 president has held out from signing the legislation while he demanded that congress increase the relief payments to $2,000 and scale back wasteful spending. The increase is unlikely to happen.
“The compromise bill is not perfect, but it will do an enormous amount of good for struggling Americans across the country who need help now,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “I thank the President for signing this relief into law.”
The qualifications to receive the $600 stimulus check are the same as the $1,200 checks sent out at the begging of the pandemic. Individuals with an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less will be eligible for $600, and will phase out completely for single filers with incomes exceeding $99,000.