The president has taken executive action to put Americans first while Democrats and Republicans in Congress squabble over details of a coronavirus relief package, refusing to put differences aside. While Republicans couldn’t decide whether another relief bill was necessary, Democrats effectively stonewalled willing GOP members from making any progress, causing prospects for the next package to grow dim as the weekend approached.
On Saturday night, President Trump made a breaking announcement regarding the status of the latest coronavirus relief package from his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, amid rumors of lawmakers’ failure to reach an agreement.
Trump revealed he is signing four executive actions to give Americans the relief they need in the form of extended unemployment benefits, payroll tax holiday, extended student loan relief, and eviction protections for homeowners and renters.
One of the memos renews extended unemployment benefits which expired with the last relief package. Supplemental benefits will be lowered from $600 to $400 per week. FEMA Disaster Relief funds and states will be required to cover the benefit which will last until December 6th, or when the FEMA balance drops to $25 billion.
The President signed measures to lighten the tax burden on all Americans during this time by deferring it until 2021. Employees making less than $100,000 per year will not be required to pay the employee-side of Social Security payroll taxes through the end of 2020.
Trump teased that, if he wins reelection in November, he plans to make more permanent tax cuts: “I’ll extend it beyond the end of the year and terminate the tax,” the President said.
Trump took decisive action to defer student loan payments through the end of the year as well. Federal student loans payments will be temporarily suspended, and interest rates will be set to 0% through the end of 2020. This prolongs the previous extension in the last coronavirus relief package, which is set to expire September 30th.
The President listened to Americans across the country who are worried about losing their housing after the previous eviction moratorium expired in July. Trump’s latest executive action directs his administration to find funds that can be used to cover rent for those who are struggling to pay.
Trump also slammed the Democrats for preventing lawmakers from reaching an agreement on another relief package. The president explained that they refuse to work with the GOP because they want to use the relief legislation to pass their radical far-Left agenda.
He said, “If we get sued, it’s [from] somebody that doesn’t want people to get money. And that’s not going to be a very popular thing.”
Shortly after Trump’s press conference, Breaking911 reported on Twitter: “BREAKING: Trump signs executive orders to extend unemployment benefits, provide a payroll tax holiday, defer student loan payments and extend the federal moratorium on evictions, after talks in Congress collapsed; Democrats vow to sue the President – CNBC”
BREAKING: Trump signs executive orders to extend unemployment benefits, provide a payroll tax holiday, defer student loan payments and extend the federal moratorium on evictions, after talks in Congress collapsed; Democrats vow to sue the President – CNBC
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 8, 2020
Democrats wasted no time in threatening to sue the Trump administration, fulfilling the President’s prediction.
Trump’s executive actions had absolutely no hint of partisan politics. Rather all four measures go directly to aid the American people. Nevertheless, the Left immediately attacked the President’s executive actions, calling them, “meager announcements.”
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement, “President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families.” They continued, “We’re disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans’ problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak, and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security and Medicare,” Pelosi and Schumer stated.
The Left doesn’t care about the American people; they only care about power. They prove this on a daily basis with their consistent attacks on Trump, which double as attacks on the people. Even after they relentlessly criticized the president for his executive actions over the weekend, they still refuse to work with the GOP on a coronavirus relief package. As of Monday, Democrats and Republicans remain in a stalemate on the issue.