Saturday, March 6, 2021

Trump Bypasses Congress & Signs Exec Orders: Claims Authority to Extend (Lower) Unemployment Benefits

*On Saturday President Trump signed four executive orders to provide relief from economic damage sustained during the coronavirus pandemic after talks between the White House and Democratic leadership collapsed Friday afternoon.

Immediately his action has set up an impending battle with that Democratic leadership because the Constitution gives Congress the power to appropriate federal spending. The bottom line is that Trump has limited authority to act unilaterally — and risks a legal challenge if congressional Democrats believe he has overstepped according to Axios.

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Trump is seen signing the first of his four executive orders as supporters cheered on Saturday

Here’s what the executive orders will do:

  1. Defer payroll taxes for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year.
  2. Implement a moratorium on evictions and give financial assistance to renters.
  3. Add $400 per week in extra unemployment benefits through the end of 2020, and requires states to cover 25% of the additional benefits.
  4. Postpone student loan interest and payments through the end of 2020.

“Through these four actions, my administration will provide immediate and vital relief to Americans struggling in this difficult time,” Trump said at the Saturday afternoon press conference.

He added:

“Maybe they’ll being legal actions, maybe they won’t” Trump said of Democrats in Congress. “They won’t win.”

He also said that the cases would go “very rapidly” through courts if litigated.

Get the FULL story at Axios.

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