US President-elect Joe Biden warned on Saturday (Dec 26) of "devastating consequences" if President Donald Trump continues to delay signing a COVID-19 economic relief bill passed by Congress.
Biden spoke out as millions of Americans saw their jobless benefits expire after Trump threw a long-awaited pandemic aid package into doubt - demanding lawmakers more than triple the US$600 direct payments to US taxpayers.
"This abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences. Today, about 10 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits," Biden said in a statement.
The stimulus measure is wrapped up with a US$1.4 trillion funding bill, without which the government will be forced to shut down at midnight Monday.
"In just a few days, government funding will expire, putting vital services and paychecks for military personnel at risk," Biden added.
"In less than a week, a moratorium on evictions expires, putting millions at risk of being forced from their homes over the holidays."