President Donald Trump has spent the past few days frustrating members of Congress on both sides of the aisle with his refusal to sign the Covid relief bill, but signaled that he may be relenting with — how else? — a tweet Sunday evening.
According to a report by CNN, the staff at Mar-a-Lago made preparations on Christmas Eve for Trump to sign the bill, which contains a variety of relief provisions, including funding for vaccinations, small business aid, and a $600 stimulus check for each American. Trump has been demanding the checks be increased to $2,000, but so far Congress has refused.
From the CNN report:
In anticipation of the signing, the smaller of Mar-a-Lago’s two ballrooms was prepped for a 7 p.m. ceremony, complete with a desk and chair for Trump to sit, and his customary pens at the ready, according to the source.
However, as the hour approached, aides were informed the President would not be signing the relief bill that evening. One source told CNN that Trump had “changed his mind.”
The issue is becoming more dire as the days go on, with the supplemental federal unemployment benefits that millions of Americans are receiving running out on Saturday, the government set to shutdown on Tuesday if the bill is not signed, and a new Congress being sworn into office on January 3.
Sunday evening, shortly after 6 pm ET, Trump tweeted a vague message that some “good news” was coming about the relief bill. “Information to follow!” he wrote.
Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2020
CNN is reporting that Mar-a-Lago staff are once again preparing the ballroom for a bill signing ceremony, indicating that Trump is going to sign the current version of the bill, with the $600 checks.
This post has been updated with additional information.
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