Biden urges Trump to sign COVID-19 relief bill

Biden urges Trump to sign COVID-19 relief bill

President-elect says millions of Americans would otherwise lose unemployment benefits and could lose their homes over the holidays

President-elect Joe Biden has urged President Donald Trump to sign the COVID-19 economic aid bill so that “millions of Americans can put food on the table and have a roof over their heads this holiday season”.

“Today is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don’t know if they can make ends meet because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign an economic aid bill approved by Congress – by an overwhelming and bipartisan majority,” Biden said in a statement released Saturday.

According to Biden, Trump’s actions, which he described as an “abdication of responsibility”, will have devastating consequences.

“Some ten million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits today,” the president-elect pointed out. – In a few days, the government’s funding will expire, jeopardising vital services and military salaries. In less than a week, the moratorium on evictions will expire, causing millions of people to be displaced from their homes during the holidays.”

“The delay means even more small businesses will not survive this bleak winter because they will lose access to the bailouts they need, and Americans will face more delays in the direct payments they deserve as soon as possible to deal with the economic devastation caused by COVID-19,” he continued.

Biden stressed that this bill is crucial and must be signed into law. In doing so, he called it the first step in a package of measures to be taken next year to revive the economy and contain the pandemic.