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Donald Trump signs $US2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill - ABC News

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a $US2.3 trillion ($3.02 trillion) pandemic aid and spending package, restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and averting a partial federal government shutdown.

Mr Trump announced the signing in a statement.

The package includes $US900 billion in pandemic relief that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals.

It also averts a government shutdown.

It also includes $US1.4 trillion to fund Government agencies through to September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as money for cash-starved transit systems and an increase in food stamp benefits.

In his statement, Mr Trump spoke of his frustrations with the COVID-19 relief package for including only $US600 cheques to most Americans, instead of the $US2,000 that his fellow Republicans rejected.

He also complained about what he considered unnecessary spending by the Government at large.

But Mr Trump's eleventh-hour objections created turmoil because politicians had thought he was supportive of the bill, which had been negotiated for months with White House input.

"I will sign the Omnibus and COVID package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed," Mr Trump said in the statement.

While he insisted he would send Congress "a redlined version" with items to be removed, those are merely suggestions to Congress.

The bill, as signed, would not necessarily be changed.

US politicians now have breathing room to continue debating whether the relief cheques should be as large as the President has demanded.

The Democratic-led House supports the larger payments and is set to vote on the issue on Monday (local time), but it's expected to be ignored by the Republican-held Senate where spending faces opposition.

Both sides of politics welcome signing

Republicans and Democrats swiftly welcomed Mr Trump's decision to sign the bill into law.

"The compromise bill is not perfect, but it will do an enormous amount of good for struggling Kentuckians and Americans across the country who need help now," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"I thank the President for signing this relief into law."

Democrats have promised more aid will come once president-elect Joe Biden takes office, but Republicans are signalling a wait-and-see approach.

The fate of the end-of-year COVID-19 relief and spending bill had been in doubt earlier as millions lost unemployment aid, the government barrelled toward a mid-pandemic shutdown and politicians implored Mr Trump to act.

If he continued his opposition, the federal government would have run out of money at 12:01am on Tuesday (local time).

Before signing the bill, Mr Trump tweeted there would be news on the future of the relief package.

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Mr Trump had been urged by Democratic and Republican politicians to sign the legislation, then have Congress follow up with additional aid.

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