US President, Donald Trump has finally signed into law the $900 billion COVID-19 relief and spending package bill.
Trump had previously refused to sign the bill, criticising “wasteful spending” and calling for higher payouts to people hit by the pandemic.
The action came just hours before a government shutdown.
The relief package worth $900bn (£665bn) was approved by Congress after months of negotiation.
It is part of a $2.3tn spending package that includes $1.4tn for normal federal government spending.
Republican and Democratic Party lawmakers had been pleading with the president to sign it before a budget deadline of midnight on Monday.
Trump said, “I will sign the Omnibus and COVID package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed.
“I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress, insisting that those funds be removed from the bill,”
After the coronavirus aid relief bill overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives and Senate last Monday, Mr Trump issued an implied veto threat, describing the package as a “disgrace” and full of “wasteful” items.
The bill includes a payment of $600 to Americans earning less than $75,000 a year.
Trump said he wanted Americans to receive $2,000 – but Republicans in Congress refused to agree to the change.
Trump also baulked at the annual aid money for other countries in the federal budget, arguing that those funds should instead go to struggling Americans.