Donald Trump on Saturday takes matters on his hands, in an unconventional way, by signing four Administrative Orders on coronavirus relief to aid Americans in these tough times, at his Golf Club in New Jersey, bypassing Congress after Democrats and the White House failure to agree on a stimulus bill.
President Trump signed a series of executive orders over the weekend to extend coronavirus relief. @EamonJavers has the details, and the response in Washington. https://t.co/mtoIWaFV7H pic.twitter.com/VvfjKjhyXw— CNBC (@CNBC) August 10, 2020
The pandemic placed the United States of America on the number one spot in the world having 5 million coronavirus cases and 160,000 deaths as of press time. Figures that disappoint Americans as millions have filed unemployment and more fears losing their homes in the middle of the pandemic with a relief package that four weeks after, no progress as the Democrats and the White House could not cement an agreement.
The President on Saturday, sidestepped the Congress as he used his executive power to sign four executive orders in line with the undecided relief package. In a press statement the President points out that the Democrats are obstructing the relief packages planned, therefore, he is taking an executive action to save American jobs and provide relief to the American workers. These orders include a $400/week supplemental unemployment payment, an extension to the student loan relief, eviction protection, and a payroll tax holiday. The President’s critic and some GOP officials raised eyebrows on his actions, specifically on delaying payroll tax collection.
Here's a summary of the 4 controversial golf-club's signed executive actions by the Republican President who aims for a second term.
- A Deferred Payroll Tax Collection
A deferral and not an actual cut on payroll tax collection, which the Congress object. Though it does not require reducing the actual payroll taxes, the memorandum signed by the President defers the due date for the portion of paid taxes by Americans earning below $100,000 starting September 01 until the end of the year. These taxes, as reported by CNN, pay for Social Security and Medicare and considered as a similar memorandum released by the Treasury, which deferred federal income tax due from July 15 to April 15 this year. Trump, dropped an idea of permanently cutting the payroll taxes should he victoriously reclaimed the Presidential seat on November 3rd.
- An extended Unemployment Aid
The initial unemployment relief package, which nearly 30 million unemployed Americans received, amounting to $600 a week expired last month has been chopped to $400 a week based on a new memorandum by the President. The Democrats would like to keep the amount as it reviews the proposal of the Republicans in the supposed stimulus package where they planned to have it cut down by $200 a week. Unlike the previous unemployment aid, the federal government, as per Trumps’ directive, will shoulder only $300 of it and the State will call for the remaining $100. As the economy continues to battle for its survival in this pandemic, governors from different states may not agree on this provision. Trump planned to stretch this aid up until December 06 until the funding runs out, as Washington Post reported. The report suggests that with the surge in the unemployment rate in America, it would be a challenge to cover all with the $44 billion funding that will controversially come from the Department of Homeland Security’s Disaster Relief Fund, a shift from budget allocation.
- A deferred Student Loan
This memorandum, the only one which does not require funding, waives all interests on student loans through the end of the year and allows people to delay their payments until December 31st. This debt, however, is not permanent as full payments are slated to restart next year. Trump ordered the Education Department to act upon it.
- A temporary halt on residential evictions
The Washington Post reported that the United States has about 110 million renters and many have been badly hit by layoffs in industries like retail, restaurants, and hospitality in this coronavirus outbreak. This executive order does not ban evictions, but it pushes the Secretary of the Health and Human Services and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to consider if an eviction ban is necessary for this situation. This does not guarantee any financial aid from the federal government or the State which made housing advocates and landlords think that the President shows a little attention to this area, knowing that the previous moratorium passed by the Congress ended last July 24.
White House officials and Democrats spar over the legality and substance of President Trump's coronavirus relief executive orders. https://t.co/9MMRvfPLH0— NJChamberOfCommerce (@njchamber) August 10, 2020
Nancy Pelosi commented on this move of the President in an interview as absurdly unconstitutional. Pelosi has been actively vocal about her stand on the stimulus package which is still under negotiation with the GOP officials in Congress. CNN reported that other Democrats are looking at challenging the executive orders, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in an interview that he will leave it up to the lawyers as it doesn’t do the job. He added that these orders will not take effect in most places for weeks and months because it has been put together crazily.
Senate Minority Leader Schumer says executive orders for coronavirus relief that President Trump signed on Saturday are going to be “minimal at best.”— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 10, 2020
Republicans “have to meet us in the middle,” Schumer says. pic.twitter.com/iHXdWzETWl
As for the Stimulus package still on the table, Pelosi said that they are willing to continue the negotiation and that “we were willing to say we'll come down a trillion”
So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn’t it. Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were “hardliners”, and only wanted BAILOUT MONEY for Democrat run states and cities that are failing badly? They know my phone number!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020