Biden calls Trump's refusal to sign relief bill an 'abdication of responsibility'
President-elect Joe Biden released a statement Saturday criticizing President Trump for refusing to sign the 900 COVID-19 bailout bill passed by Congress earlier this week.
Biden warned "this waiver of responsibility will have devastating consequences," noting that millions of Americans will lose higher unemployment benefits (which will expire on Saturday), small businesses will work longer without government assistance, and eviction moratoriums will end next week, provided that Trump decides not to sign the bill.
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It's unclear whether Trump will give in, though he continued to criticize the package as it only allows for $ 600 in stimulus checks for individuals. Democratic lawmakers seem on board with his call to raise that figure to $ 2,000 per person, but the GOP appears hesitant. Biden did not specifically address stimulus checks in his most recent statement, but said that while Trump's signature of the current bill is "critical," it is "a first step and a down payment for further action we are taking." must "after taking steps into the Oval Office.
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