Trump agrees to sign COVID-19 bill, preventing government strike

President Trump has signed a bill to extend unemployment benefits and prevent a strike by the government, the White House said in an email on Sunday night.

What to look for: While Trump has signed the current bill that provides for checks of $ 600 for most Americans hours before a deadline for closing the government at midnight, he will continue his push to bring the amount to $ 2,000, according to two sources familiar with the planning.

Why it matters: Trump’s delay in signing the $ 900 billion relief bill and the $ 1.4 billion government funding measure has left unemployment benefits for millions of Americans expiring overnight.

  • A two-party group of lawmakers, angry over the delay, urged Trump earlier Sunday to sign the measure, saying “too many people” depend on it.

Go deeper: Within the $ 900 billion compromise