Fact Check: Joe Biden Said Trump Could Have Kept Schools, Businesses Open if He Passed Relief

Fact Check: Joe Biden Said Trump Could Have Kept Schools, Businesses Open if He Passed Relief


CLAIM: Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said at a town hall Thursday in Philadelphia that President Donald Trump could have kept schools and businesses open if he passed some kind of relief.

VERDICT: True.

Trump did pass relief in May 2020 when he signed into law a historic $2 trillion relief package to help small businesses and the American worker, which included sending checks directly to families and individuals and a major expansion of unemployment benefits.

He also signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27, 2020.

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Biden referred to the stimulus packages during the town hall, but he also falsely claimed that “a significant portion of that money” went to wealthy corporations.

“The president had an opportunity to open and allow schools and businesses to stay open if they got the kind of help they needed, so that Congress passed a couple trillion dollars

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