A $2.3 trillion dollar coronavirus relief and government funding bill was signed by President Donald Trump into law on Sunday night. It has averted the government shutdown which was to commence on Tuesday. With this law billions of dollars have been extended to help millions during the pandemic crisis.
The $900 billion Covid relief package required Trump’s signatures to extend unemployment benefits for millions of jobless gig-workers, independent contractors and the long-term unemployed people in America. The estimation shows there are 12 million people looking for the aid in the 2 key pandemic unemployment programs that were about to face the last payment this weekend but due to the law will benefit for another 11 weeks.
The law will also make it possible for people collecting jobless payments to receive a 300 dollars weekly federal boost till mid march. On Monday the congress passed the Covid-19 relief legislation was passed by Congress on Monday and then it was sent for Trump’s signature. However Trump had last minute complaints regarding provisions in the deal.
Trump did not sign the bill by Saturday thus the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs will not be receiving a payment for the final week of 2020.
The $300 federal enhancement instead of 11 weeks will only last 10 weeks for most of them as according to the law the state cannot provide benefits for weeks that start before the programs get authorized and the legislation calls for the extra payments to end by mid March.