When Donald Trump played golf and tweets from his Florida country club, millions of Americans saw their unemployment benefits expire amid a public health and economic crisis.
The benefits came to an end on Saturday because the outgoing president refused to sign a billions and spending bill that Democrats and Republicans approved last weekend.
According to Reuters, "Millions of Americans saw their unemployment benefits on Saturday after US President Donald Trump refused to sign a $ 2.3 trillion pandemic and spending package and protested that it did not do enough to help everyday people. "
As the report notes, leaders of both parties are shocked that Trump has blocked the bill after the White House said it supported the legislation.
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Trump stunned Republicans and Democrats alike when he said this week he was unhappy with the massive bill that provides much-needed $ 892 billion in coronavirus relief, including the extension of special unemployment benefits, which expires on Dec. 26, and Jan. $ 4 trillion in normal government spending.
According to the Ministry of Labor, around 14 million people could lose these additional benefits without Trump's signature. A partial government shutdown will begin on Tuesday unless Congress can agree on government funding bill by then.
Trump vacation one last time America burns
Donald Trump hasn't lifted a finger in the past 10 months as COVID-19 torn the lives of millions of Americans, be it because they lost a family member to the virus or were laid off because so many companies are struggling to survive.
Now at the eleventh hour, Trump is trying to play hero and pretend to care for the millions of suffering Americans he has ignored for months because he was too busy golfing, running rallies with superspreader campaigns and worked to overthrow an election he had decisively lost to Joe Biden.
While America is on fire, Donald Trump is taking another vacation. The good news is that this will be his last.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.