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Lawmakers press Trump on relief bill as jobless aid expires

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 15:27:35-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump appears no closer to signing an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill.

This, as unemployment aid expires and the government barrels toward a mid-pandemic shutdown.

Some lawmakers are imploring him to break the impasse he created after Congress approved the deal.

Trump blindsided members of both parties with a demand for larger COVID relief checks, imperiling not only a massive package of economic and public-health assistance but the basic functions of government itself.

Some elected officials in both parties are urging Trump to sign the bill immediately, then have Congress follow up with more aid.

The government will run out of money Tuesday if Trump doesn't sign the bill.