Unemployment benefits for millions to lapse at midnight as Trump continues to demand changes
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet were set to lapse at midnight Saturday unless President Donald Trump signed an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been considered a done deal before his sudden objections.
Trump’s refusal to sign the bipartisan package as
he demands larger COVID relief checks and complains about "pork" spending could also force a federal government shutdown when money runs out at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday in the middle of a pandemic.
"It’s a chess game, and we are pawns," said Lanetris Haines, a self-employed single mother of three in South Bend, Ind., who stands to lose her $129 weekly jobless benefit unless Trump signs the package into law or succeeds in his improbable quest for changes.