NY governor calls Trump benefits executive order 'laughable'

According to Trump, the orders would provide an extra 400 USA dollars per week in unemployment payments, less than the 600 US dollars per week passed earlier in the crisis.

Mnuchin said the Trump administration agrees with Democrats on a number of provisions included in both Democratic- and Republican-led stimulus proposals.

The Democratic chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Richard E. Neal of MA, accused Trump of "brazenly circumventing Congress to institute tax policy that destabilises Social Security".

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

The other three actions Trump signed Saturday include a memorandum to defer certain payroll tax obligations, a memorandum to defer student loan payments and an executive order to reinstate the federal moratorium on evictions, which also expired at the end of July. Trump also said, if reelected, he would seek to abolish the payroll tax altogether.

Democrats said they offered to reduce a proposed $3.4 trillion coronavirus aid package, which the House passed in May but the Senate ignored, by almost one third if Republicans would agree to more than double their $1 trillion counteroffer but Mr Trump's negotiators turned them down.

The use of executive actions drew criticism from Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

Rudalevige told NPR that it is "conceivable" that Congress itself could have standing to sue over the question of unemployment appropriations, and noted that the House sued then-President Barack Obama over spending on the Affordable Care Act.

But several members of the Trump administration defended the president's actions on Sunday. "Since Democrats have sabotaged backroom talks with absurd demands that would not help working people, I support President Trump exploring his options to get unemployment benefits and other relief to the people who need them the most".

Schumer similarly criticized Trump's executive orders on ABC's "This Week" by calling the move weak and ineffective, but that he would "leave that up to the attorneys" regarding the legality of the President's move. Lindsey Graham of SC and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, praised the president for taking action but said they would prefer a congressional agreement, with Alexander calling on Democrats to "stop blocking commonsense proposals".

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

One of the actions will extend extra unemployment benefits through the end of the year at a reduced level of 400 US dollars per week, instead of the 600 dollars approved by Congress in late March, which expired at the end of July. He said in a statement, "Struggling Americans need action now".

The leaders urged Republicans to "return to the table, meet us halfway and work together to deliver immediate relief to the American people".

Democrats, Republicans and White House negotiators had worked all last week without coming close to a deal on a congressional relief bill.

"This is not presidential leadership", Biden said. "I said to them, 'This means it's your way or the highway?' And they basically said yes". Pelosi and Schumer stopped short of saying that Democrats would attempt to stop them in court. When it added new payment systems to its computers - for the expanded $600 benefits, for gig worker and self-employment benefits, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and for expanded federal and state unemployment benefits - workers said there was a lag, in many cases for weeks or longer.

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