Trump's orders to extend certain COVID-19 relief draw criticism from Democrats

Nancy Pelosi with pink hair looking at the camera U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington

"Donald Trump is trying to distract from his failure to extend the 600 USA dollars federal boost for 30 million unemployed workers by issuing illegal executive orders", said Senator Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.

One day after President Donald Trump attempted to solve Congress' impasse over additional coronavirus relief spending by signing a series of executive actions, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described the directives as "faulty", "unworkable", "weak" and "far too narrow" a solution to address the needs of millions of out-of-work Americans.

Asked Saturday whether any states have committed to pay the $100 for expanded unemployment benefits, Trump didn't answer directly, but insisted "they have the money".

Andrew Rudalevige, chair of the Department of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College, told NPR on Saturday that the unemployment benefits measure is particularly controversial because it is "really using appropriated funds by Congress in ways that Congress might not have intended".

Congress passed legislation to stop him, but there were too few votes in the Republican-controlled Senate to override his veto - a scenario that would likely play out again with less than 90 days to go before the November 3 presidential election. The payroll tax cut would apply to people earning less than 100,000 USA dollars a year.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska wrote in a statement that Trump does not have the power to "unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law".

Mr Biden, President Trump's rival in the November election, accused him of putting Social Security "at grave risk" by delaying the collection of payroll taxes, and called the measures "another cynical ploy created to deflect responsibility".

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday offered to reduce the $3.4 trillion coronavirus aid package that the House passed in May by almost a third if Republicans would agree to more than double their $1 trillion counteroffer.

"My constitutional advisers tell me they're absurdly unconstitutional, and that's a parallel thing", Pelosi said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer were negotiating with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin all week, but the parties couldn't hammer out a deal. Like Trump, McConnell accused Democrats of using the coronavirus package negotiations to pursue other goals. He also cited a threat to Medicare funding.

"The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop", the GOP senator wrote in a statement.

"Our Constitution doesn't authorize the president to act as king whenever Congress doesn't legislate", said Libertarian-leaning Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party previous year to become an independent. A stalemate that could stretch well into August and even September was possible, casting doubt on the ability of the Trump administration and Democrats to come together on a fifth COVID-19 response bill.

Often an impasse in Washington is of little effect for the public - but this would mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and cause further damage to the economy. As of late Sunday morning, there was no scheduled resumption of in-person talks between Pelosi, Schumer and White House negotiators, according to Pelosi's office. "Don't say it's your way or no way".



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