President Trump late Sunday signed the stimulus bill into law, three people briefed on his decision said, averting a Tuesday government shutdown. His decision to back down and sign the measure will release $900 billion in stimulus funds into the economy that had been held up for nearly a week.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to disclose Trump’s move, which took place while Trump was vacationing in Florida. They said the president had repeatedly changed his mind on the matter.
Trump’s new decision to sign the bill came less than a week after he demanded changes to it. He had suggested he would refuse to sign it into law unless those demands were met. On Tuesday, he referred to the bill as a “disgrace.” It was unclear what prompted him to change his mind late Sunday, but he was under tremendous pressure from Republicans to acquiesce.
I don’t know what exactly what would have happened had Trump pocket vetoed the bill, but we really didn’t want to find out. This will get help to a lot of people who need it, and Dems just need to make the best case they can that doing more will require winning the runoffs.
…The Donald seems a mite confused about how the legislative process functions but whatever got his signature is good enough:
Statement from the president where he makes new demands after giving up leverage because he signed the bipartisan covid relief and government spending bill. pic.twitter.com/BoHdNoReFC— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) December 28, 2020