Estados Unidos: Trump signs executive orders after Congress stalls on coronavirus relief

Trump signs executive orders after Congress stalls on coronavirus relief

President Trump signed multiple executive orders after Congress could not pass another coronavirus relief bill.

The president signed executive orders on Saturday to send financial relief to unemployed people in the United States, and he also signed orders on evictions, student loans, and payroll taxes.

Trump, speaking from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, declared that each unemployed person will be given $400 monthly. However, that’s $200 less than what the previous benefits provided, which expired in July. Democrats sought to provide the same amount to those who qualify for it.

“The third action I’m taking today will also provide additional support for Americans who are unemployed, due to the China virus. Under the CARES Act I proudly signed, I expanded unemployment benefits into law,” he said.

Through the executive orders, he also suspended payments on some student loans, protected renters from evictions, and allowed employers to defer payroll taxes through the end of the year for employees who make less than $100,000.

“If I’m victorious Nov. 3, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax and to make them more permanent,” Trump said.

The president, in answering questions from the press, noted there is a chance that the Democrats could challenge these orders through the courts. He noted, however, that it may not be a popular decision if it prevents the monetary relief from getting into the hands of the public.

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