President Trump signed three executive bills Saturday which aim at addressing the economic woes being experienced due to the coronavirus pandemic: $400 of additional weekly unemployment benefits, a student loan moratorium, a measure intended to prevent landlords from evicting tenants, and a payroll tax postponement measure.
The Left argues that the bills are a meager and insufficient attempt at help, and the power to direct federal funds comes from Congress. CNN’s senior writer Zachary B. Wolf wrote that due to the orders not coming from Congress, states will have to come up with entirely new systems to distribute the funds, and those that are slow in doing so “aren’t going to get any funding because it will run out.” “This is an administrative nightmare,” stated senior policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project Michele Evermore. It is also argued that a payroll tax cut “has never made sense and never will make sense,” as it benefits those still employed rather than the unemployed.
“I mean, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi once again trying to bail out the economy in the middle of Trump’s re-election effort. A sane president would be thanking them for the offer.”Jordan Weissmann, senior business and economics correspondant for Slate
Trump’s toothless (and likely illegal) action is woefully inadequate & fails to respond to the dire needs of people who continue to suffer. It’s a political move to give the appearance of meaningful action & doesn’t come close to what’s needed. Robust legislation is required NOW. https://t.co/VKIcUW9W0k— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) August 8, 2020
The Right is leery of Trump overstepping his authority but supports the bills. The White House orders expressed criticism of Democrats in Congress for blocking numerous proposals by Trump and Republican members to extend unemployment benefits.
“Political games that harm American lives are unacceptable, especially during a global pandemic, and therefore I am taking action to provide financial security to Americans.”President Donald Trump
Many on the Right agree, with The New York Post Editorial Board writing that Democrats have consistently “demanded the moon” and believe they can “blame Trump for any stalemate.” However, The Wall Street Journal board argued, “Mr. Trump is commandeering the power of the purse that the Constitution reserves for Congress. Yes, Mr. Obama did it first,” but continuing that “one constitutional abuse doesn’t justify another.” Another article argued that those who support Trump may justify and praise his actions now, but would likely be singing a different tune if a future President Biden were enacting similar executive orders addressing climate or gun laws.