Okla. Lawmakers Respond After President Trump Signs COVID-19 Relief Bill

Monday, December 28th 2020, 6:37 am
By: Caleb Califano

Both lawmakers and Oklahomans across the state are reacting to President Trump signing the new COVID-19 relief bill, avoiding a possible government shutdown.

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Under the new bill, the $900 billion relief package will now extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and thousands of Oklahomans.

For now, the President's administration can start sending the originally proposed $600 to individuals. President Trump this past week demanded the package provide $2000 to individuals instead. Lawmakers in the House are expected to vote Monday on the amount.

"The COVID relief package signed tonight is a lifeline for struggling workers and families; provides vital support to small businesses, schools, and farms; strengthens efforts to eradicate COVID-19; and keeps our government open," said Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas on the signing.