Trump Issues Executive Orders Extending Unemployment Payments and Cutting Payroll Tax

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President Trump issued a combination of executive orders and memoranda after Congress failed to pass another coronavirus-relief bill. He declared that each unemployed person will be given $400 weekly, which is $200 less than what the previous benefits provided. It appears he has protected renters from evictions, allowed employers to defer payroll taxes, and suspended payments on some student loans. Payroll taxes are used to fund Social Security and Medicare. He said that, if he wins in November, he will forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax. All of these actions are unconstitutional, because they are within the jurisdiction of Congress, not the President. However, the government will argue – and the courts will uphold – the idea that the Constitution is suspended in times of national emergency, which is in the power of the President to declare.

President Trump signed multiple executive measures after Congress failed to pass another coronavirus relief bill.

The president signed a combination of an executive order and memorandums on Saturday which aim to send financial relief to unemployed people in the United States, protect people from evictions, offer student loan relief, and defer payroll tax payments.

Trump, speaking from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, declared that each unemployed person will be given $400 weekly. However, that’s $200 less than what the previous benefits provided, which expired in July. Democrats sought to provide the same amount to those who qualify for it.

“The third action I’m taking today will also provide additional support for Americans who are unemployed, due to the China virus. Under the CARES Act I proudly signed, I expanded unemployment benefits into law,” he said.

Through the executive action, he also seeks to suspend payments on some student loans, protect renters from evictions, and allow employers to defer payroll taxes through the end of the year for employees who make less than $100,000. Payroll taxes fund Social Security and Medicare.

“If I’m victorious Nov. 3, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax and to make them more permanent,” Trump said.

The president, in answering questions from the press, noted there is a chance that the Democrats could challenge these orders through the courts. He noted, however, that it may not be a popular decision if it prevents the monetary relief from getting into the hands of the public.

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Ed
Ed
8 months ago

I’m a Trump voter – but I have to say ( as they say in mexico ) adios economy. We will collapse shortly w/o the help of the Treason-crats.

Michael
Michael
8 months ago

I find that he is using the executive position to benefit the citizenry while other executives are using it to hurt the citizenry. I can’t wait until the light goes on in their heads and puts the Blue Bozo Bunch out of work. Then, for those who have earned it, jail time for their misdeeds.

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8 months ago

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