Many are confused on why Trump’s refusal to sign the new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package would lead to an impending government shutdown on Dec. 28 MN. Not many are in the know that the bill Trump was supposed to sign and approve last Tuesday is a hastily put up Omnibus Appropriations Bill. It was primarily the spending bill for several government agencies for the fiscal year 2021, which includes among many others, provisions for the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package.
While Trump made the $600 stimulus paycheck as the main reason for his refusal to sign the Omnibus Appropriation Bill, his rejection of the bill a few days before the Christmas holidays has also jeopardized the potential resumption of government operations come Dec. 29. Although House Democrats immediately attempted on Dec. 24 to propose a legislation that would amend the $600 stimulus paycheck to $2,000 as per Trump’s request, House Republicans opposed the proposalz; leaving the fate of the bill hanging during the holiday break; from Dec. 25 (Friday) to December 27 (Sunday).
Why Congress Needs to Override Trump’s Veto Power Over the Spending Bills
According to a Congressional staff, when the House of Representatives and the Senate Chamber return on Monday, December 28, the members of both chambers intend to pass an act that will override Trump’s veto power.
Otherwise, the federal agencies affected by the Omnibus Appropriations Bill will be forced to shut down at exactly 12 midnight on December 28, 2020 and the following days thereafter. Apparently, Congress cannot afford to sit idly to wait and see if Trump decides to change his mind at the last minute.
Veto Override to Include the NDAA Trump Rejected for Frivolous Reasons
The veto override will include Trump’s rejection of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was supposed to have been enacted last Dec. 24. As the 2020 federal spending bill of the Pentagon and several other federal security programs expired, Trump vetoed the 2021 NDAA spending bill worth $740.5 billion.
As conditions for his approval of the NDAA, Trump wants Congress to include a provision that will end the legal protection afforded to all social media companies. He also wants the military to honor famous Confederate icons by renaming all military installations after them.
Apparently, Trump does not care about the serious consequences of his nonessential demands as reasons for vetoing the spending bills approved by Congress. In addition to the millions of Americans desperately awaiting for financial aid ever since the CARES Act stimulus checks ended last July 31, 2020, the 14 million Americans who are still unemployed will also lose the $300 unemployment benefits when the provision expires on Dec. 31, 2020.
Moreover, if Congress allows the government to shut down, employees and businesses dealing with the affected federal agencies will be forced to go on leave without pay or fail to collect payments for their products or services.
Millions of Americans are already suffering from mental anguish as they are also facing eviction from their homes once the moratorium on eviction actions expirew on December 31, 2020.
Even the middle class sector were forced to seek additional funding by securing personal loans if only to give their families a decent Christmas. Some others had to take out home improvement personal loans just so they can have adequate protection from the freezing winter climate. Other families are in far worse situations as they now use their automobiles as makeshift homes. They had face the reality that they can no longer afford to pay for a rented home.
Trump obviously does not care if millions of his countrymen, including the MAGA supporters who voted for him in the November election, are experiencing all sorts of dire economic situations on top of the threats of the still ongoing pandemic. Whatever agenda Trump has in his mind, it’s quite apparent that it will not help in improving the conditions of the American people.