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After delaying for nearly a week and under pressure from all sides, US President, Donald Trump on Sunday finally signed a massive $ 900 billion stimulus bill, in a long- sought boost for millions of Americans and businesses battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The package providing coronavirus emergency response and relief is part of a larger spending bill that, with Trump’s signature, will avoid a government shutdown on Tuesday.

The turnaround came after a day marked by calls from all sides of the political spectrum for action to avert an economic and social disaster, especially for America’s vulnerable populations.

Two federal unemployment benefit programs approved in March as part of an initial Covid-19 relief plan expired at midnight on Saturday, cutting off an estimated 12 million Americans.

The relief package, which was first passed by Congress on December 21, extends those benefits as well as others set to expire in the days ahead.

But for days, Trump had refused to put his signature on it, calling the bill a disgrace and catching both Democrats and Republicans off guard with his complaints, which came after months of negotiations.

Influential Republican, senator Mitt Romney, said he was relieved at the signing.

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