官方APP下载:英语全能特训(微信小程序版,支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Bill

阅读次数:


VIP会员专享下载:(非VIP会员无权下载!如果想下载,但还不是VIP会员,请点此订购
下载方式:使用鼠标右键(注意是鼠标右键!)点击下面的MP3音频/MP4视频链接,然后选择“另存为…”。
MP3节目录音 MP3节目录音 
文章原文
同步字幕

American President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion spending plan measure Sunday night that he had suggested he would veto. The bill includes $900 billion for coronavirus aid and $1.4 trillion for government operations through next September.

The president had called the bill "a disgrace" after the Senate passed it last week. His objections surprised many in Congress. Republican and Democratic leaders called on Trump throughout the week, urging him to sign it.

Without Trump's signature or passage of a temporary measure, a partial government shutdown would have begun Tuesday.

Increased unemployment benefits and housing protections had ended earlier on Sunday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called the signing "welcomed news for the 14 million Americans who just lost the lifeline of unemployment benefits on Christmas Weekend, and for the millions more struggling to stay afloat during this historic pandemic and economic crisis."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, praised Trump for preventing "a government shutdown at a time when our nation could not have afforded one." He said the bill was not perfect but would do a huge amount of good for struggling Americans "who need help now."

Trump said in announcing the signing that he was also demanding changes to the legislation to remove what he called "wasteful items." Those demands amount to suggestions to Congress and will not necessarily result in any changes to the bill.

His main objection to the bill was the amount of individual coronavirus aid payments to Americans.

"As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child," Trump said in a statement.

Trump's support for the larger payments was seen as criticism of members of his Republican Party who resisted Democratic efforts to negotiate larger payments.

Democrats have described the aid bill as just a first step in their push for a more expansive aid program.

"We need to ensure robust support for state and local government to distribute and administer a vaccine, keep workers employed and prevent devastating service cuts – and we must do so as soon as possible," Pelosi said.

Trump did veto a separate spending bill last week. The $740 billion measure would support the country's defense programs.

Congress has suspended its usual Christmas break to return to work to consider an override, or rejection, of Trump's veto. A two-thirds majority vote in both legislative bodies is required to override a presidential veto.

I'm Caty Weaver.

VOA News reported this story. Caty Weaver adapted it for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

Words in This Story

disgrace -n. something that you are or should be ashamed of​

afford -v. to be able to do (something) without having problems or being seriously harmed​

item -n. an individual thing : a separate part or thing​

robust -adj. successful or impressive and not likely to fail or weaken​

distribute -v. to give or deliver (something) to people​

devastating -adj. causing great damage or harm​

网友的学习评论(0条):
版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏公网安备 32010202011039号苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台