Biden urges Trump to sign COVID-19 relief bill

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US President-elect Joe Biden has called on 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.”

“Today is the day after Christmas, and millions of families do not know if they can make ends meet because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to sign the Economic Aid Bill passed by Congress – an overwhelming and bipartisan majority,” Biden said in a statement released on Saturday.

According to Biden, Trump’s actions, which he described as “refusing to be held accountable,” will have devastating consequences.

“Today, about ten million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits,” the president-elect said. – In a few days, government funding will expire, which will jeopardize the provision of vital services and the payment of salaries to military personnel. In less than a week, a moratorium on evictions expires, which could cause millions of people to wash and be evicted from their homes during the holidays. ”

“The delay means more small businesses will not survive this bleak winter as they lose access to the life-saving aid they need and Americans will face new delays in the direct payments they deserve as soon as possible to cope with the economic disruption. caused by COVID-19, ”he continued.

Biden stressed that this bill is extremely important and must be signed. However, he called it the first step in a package of measures to be taken next year to revive the economy and contain the pandemic.

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