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Trump Got Christmas Plea on Aid From Senator Worried by Runoff

  • Georgia Senator Perdue concerned about delay in bill signing
  • Democratic opponent Ossoff has called for $2,000 payments
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Trump Signs Covid-19 Relief and Government Funding Bill

Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue lobbied Donald Trump last week to sign the pandemic relief bill he’d criticized, concerned that the president’s delay would harm his and Senator Kelly Loeffler’s prospects in the Jan. 5 runoff elections, according to people familiar with the matter.

In a Christmas-Day phone call to Trump, Perdue argued that the bill was vital for unemployment benefits, coronavirus-vaccine distribution and a moratorium on evictions. Perdue also contacted White House allies including National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow and the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, to try to pressure the president, the people said.