US president Donald Trump has signed a US government funding bill that sets aside a second tranche of pandemic-relief funds for US airline workers, according to a Trump administration spokesperson.
On 27 December, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere tweeted that Trump has signed “H.R. 133”, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
Also on 27 December, Trump issued a statement saying he was signing the bill for reasons including the need to “return our airline workers back to work”.
The legislation, according to a copy available from the US House Committee on Rules, sets aside $15 billion to US airlines for the purpose of paying employee wages and benefits.
The funds would come atop $25 billion in wage-assistance funds afforded to US passenger airlines under the US government’s initial pandemic relief law, passed in March.
The additional $15 billion will…