President Trump on Sunday night signed a massive coronavirus relief and spending package, after days of opposition and threats of a federal shutdown.
The legislation, which combines $900 billion in Covid-19 aid with government funding through September 2021, was passed by large majorities in both houses of Congress on Dec. 21.
"As president of the United States it is my responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship that was caused by the China virus," Trump said in a statement.
"I understand that many small businesses have been forced to close as a result of harsh actions by Democrat-run states. Many people are back to work, but my job is not done until everyone is back to work," Trump said. "Fortunately, as a result of my work with Congress in passing the CARES Act earlier this year, we avoided another Great Depression."
Trump earlier told Congress that he wanted more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child. After the bill's passage, Trump initially called for the measure to be revised to include $2,000 checks and refused to sign it until his call was answered. However, he didn't officially say he would veto it.