Perspectives: Trump's COVID-19 Executive Actions

Headline Roundup August 12th, 2020

Perspectives across all sides of the political spectrum are split regarding the executive actions for economic relief that President Donald Trump signed on Saturday. With four different signings, the president moved to extend unemployment benefits, suspend the payroll tax for many workers, create an eviction moratorium and suspend federal student loan payments through the end of the year.

Perspectives on the president's actions are largely divided, regardless of partisanship, into three camps: those who claim his actions are illegal and ineffective; those who say they are legal but ineffective; and those who think the actions are both legal and beneficial to Americans. Some voices from the right claim that Trump's step into legislative territory is unconstitutional and ineffective, while others commend him for taking action to provide economic relief during the pandemic when congressional stimulus talks stalled. Many voices on the left claimed the actions are an illicit abuse of power. Others said the orders were not illegal, but merely band-aid solutions for a much broader economic problem.

Perspectives: Trump's COVID-19 Executive Actions

From the Left
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President Trump doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about the most basic principle of American government: Power is divided among three branches of government. The president does not possess legislative power, yet on Saturday Trump signed a series of executive orders that were clearly in the purview of the legislative, not the executive branch.

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From the Right
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President Trump’s executive actions for COVID relief offer little relief but are constitutionally dangerous.
On Saturday, President Trump put his name to four executive actions — three presidential memoranda and one executive order — intended to offer some relief to Americans dealing with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The premise of these actions, made explicit in the text of each, was that Congress had failed to act and now the chief executive has to step in. It is a premise fundamentally at odds with the logic of our...

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From the Center
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Within hours of President Trump’s announcement Saturday that his administration would provide pandemic-related relief to millions of Americans, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle assailed the move as yet another instance of presidential overreach. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) — who don’t agree on much — settled on the same phrase to describe the president’s actions: “unconstitutional slop.”

That’s understandable — but wrong. Trump has so often exceeded normal limits on presidential authority that it is easy to assume unlawfulness on his part. But...

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