Trump signs relief order for pandemic sufferer citizens
Published: 08:02 PM, 9 August 2020
US President Donald Trump has taken executive action to supply economic aid to millions of Americans hit by the pandemic, saying he was forced to do so after talks at Congress broke down. —reports BBC
The directives include procedures to support the unemployed, suspend payroll tax, and extend student loans.
Some of them are likely to face legal challenges given that Congress controls federal spending, not the president.
Democratic rival Joe Biden said they were a series of half-baked measures.
It is not known whether the move will mean the end of talks between senior government officials and top Democrats for a stimulus package. Negotiations broke down on Friday after two weeks.
Trump said it would be up to the states, which already face huge budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, to determine how much to be used from that fund to pay for the benefit. This means that the extra payment may end up amounting only to $300 a week.
“This is the money they need, this is the money they want, this gives them an incentive to go back to work,” Trump said of the lower payments during a news conference on Saturday from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.