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Americans to lose livelihood as Trump refuses to sign relief bill

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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Millions of America families don’t know if they’ll be able to make ends meet because President Donald Trump refused to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority.

In a statement released by the President-elect, Joe Biden on Saturday, over the need to sign the COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill, as this abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences.

Biden said, “Today, about 10 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits. In just a few days, government funding will expire, putting vital services and paychecks for military personnel at risk.

“In less than a week, a moratorium on evictions expires, putting millions at risk of being forced from their homes over the holidays”, he said

Biden added that Americans face further delays in getting the direct payments they deserve as quickly as possible to help deal with the economic devastation caused by COVID-19.

“While there is hope with the vaccines, we need funding to be able to distribute and administer them to millions of Americans, including frontline health care workers”, he said.

He noted that the relief bill is critical, while it needs to be signed into law now. “But it is also a first step and down payment on more action that we’ll need to take early in the new year to revive the economy and contain the pandemic.

“In November, the American people spoke clearly that now is a time for bipartisan action and compromise. I was heartened to see members of Congress heed that message, reach across the aisle, and work together”.

Biden called on President Trump to join the Congress, and make sure millions of Americans can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads in this holiday season.

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