Government shutdown looms as Donald Trump continues to refuse to sign new stimulus bill

Donald Trump is due to step down on Jan. 20 - BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP via Getty Images
One of Donald Trump's most prominent Senate allies has shown support for the US president's call for $ 2,000 stimulus checks as a new government shutdown emerges amid the funding stalemate.
Lindsey Graham, who played golf with Mr. Trump on Christmas Day, took to Twitter to agree to the president's call for an increase in the $ 600 checks agreed in a new funding bill passed by Congress.
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Mr Trump has refused to sign the law aimed at helping those worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic aftermath, and has insisted that direct payments to Americans be increased.
The president's initial decision not to sign the bill that was flown to the Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida, where he will be spending Christmas, creates a number of issues that have yet to be resolved.
For one, millions of Americans who received higher-than-normal unemployment benefits in the early rounds of Covid stimulus laws will have their payments suspended and possibly terminated if they take time off.
On the other hand, there is a threat of a new government shutdown on Tuesday, which will occur if the US Congress does not approve spending on the federal government before the current funding is used up.
The new economic stimulus plan contains measures to expand state funds. If the bill is not signed by the end of Monday, a new shutdown will be triggered.
Mr Trump's request to increase the personal payments to be made to every American from $ 600 to $ 2,000 has been blind to both Republican and Democratic negotiators.
Talks had been going on for months and finally, just days before Christmas, both parties agreed on the measures and passed legislation in the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate.
Mr Trump tweeted on Saturday: "I just want to bring our great people in $ 2,000 instead of the paltry $ 600 that is on the bill now. Also stop the billions of dollars in "pork". "
Joe Biden, the US president-elect, called on Trump to sign the stimulus bill "now", saying, "This waiver of responsibility has devastating consequences."
The biggest bloc in support of this proposal is the Senate Republicans, who are already aware of the impact of large new spending on the nation's balloon deficit.
Mr. Graham, the South Carolina Senator who stood against Mr. Trump in the 2016 Republican President's primary election but has since become a confidante, has made public his support for the late Christmas Day move after playing golf with Mr. Trump.
Mr Graham tweeted, "Having spent time with President Trump today, I believe he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $ 2,000 per person and to question the protection of large technical liability under Section 230 .
“Both are reasonable demands and I hope Congress will listen. The biggest winner would be the American people. “The comment in section 230 refers to another stalemate between Mr. Trump and Congress.
The president has vetoed a new defense spending bill because Congressmen failed to remove section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
This is known as the "Prime Internet Language Protection Act," which limits technology giants' responsibility for what is displayed on their websites by stating that they should not be considered publishers.
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