Trump order on federal unemployment payments is 'laughable': Cuomo

Chuck Schumer holding a wine glass Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to members of the media after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Capitol Hill Aug. 7 2020 in Washington

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, on July 9, 2020. Chuck Schumer, Aug. 7, 2020.

"Anytime they have a new proposal, I'm willing to listen", Mnuchin told Fox News' Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday".

Senate Republicans have proposed $1 trillion in their HEALS Act, which omitted $1 trillion for state and local government funding.

They also dubbed the announced measures as "unworkable, weak and narrow", insisting that Trump "still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families".

There are plenty of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who don't favor a payroll tax cut. "They have lost revenue from shelter in place and the fact that people are not being able to go out and spend money and inject demand into the economy, as they would normally".

On Sunday Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed back against executive orders signed by President Donald Trump, calling them "laughable" as the state faces a growing financial crisis.

Also, because Congress has not authorized an extension of extra federal unemployment assistance, the state will have to set up an entirely new system to deliver the additional aid, which could take months. "But with 10%, 11% unemployment, you can't find a job and people shouldn't be given a pay cut".

The bonus money ran out at the end of July - in OR and most other states, the additional $600 payments stopped July 26.

"Let's pass legislation on things that we agree on", Mnuchin told Fox News in an interview.

There is some question about the legality of Trump's order because the Constitution gives Congress control over the nation's spending.

"I guess maybe they'll bring legal actions", Trump said when asked about potential legal challenges. "So I think you will see pushback here". "It doesn't do the job ... it's not going to go into effect in most places for weeks or months because it's so put together in a insane way".


Previously, unemployed people were receiving a $600-a-week boost, in line with a federal programme that expired at the end of July.

"We are at a stalemate because the Republicans have never understood the gravity of the situation from the start", Pelosi said on ABC.

According to Phillips, it's clear the divergence lies between unemployment benefits and what state and local government can afford to support Trump's 25% match on additional benefits.

Many congressional Republicans oppose the expanded unemployment benefits, which they say they drain the federal treasury and act as a disincentive for laid-off employees to return to work.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that he's beginning to wonder if Democrats are purposely stalling coronavirus stimulus negotiations to tank the economy in an attempt to make President Trump look bad.

Trump also deferred the payroll tax until September 1 to December 31, 2020, for employees making less than $100,000 per year. Unemployed workers, who do not pay the tax because they aren't collecting a paycheck, won't benefit. The money would need to be paid back eventually unless Congress acts to write off the deferred taxes.

"Some measures do far more harm than good", Biden said in a statement, noting that Trump is putting social security "at grave risk" with the payroll tax plan. "These workers would be hit with much bigger payments down the road".

Mr Trump also signed executive orders holding off student loan payments and extending the freeze on evictions.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Trump's opponent in the November 3 national election, called the orders a "series of half-baked measures" and accused Trump of putting Social Security pensions "at grave risk" by delaying the collection of payroll taxes that pay for the program.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, however, welcomed the president's actions, blaming Democrats for sabotaging talks on the relief bill.

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