Trump Signs Series of Executive Actions to Provide Coronavirus Economic Relief

Headline Roundup August 9th, 2020

President Donald Trump signed a series of executive actions Saturday to temporarily boost the economy amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Trump signed four orders that will provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits; suspend payments on certain student loans until the end of the year; give renters protection against eviction; and instruct employers to defer some payroll taxes through the end of the year for those with annual income under $100,000. Trump said he decided to sign an executive order for the benefits after two fruitless weeks of negotiating with congressional Democrats. Many politicians from the left, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, criticized the orders as a "meager" solution. In a interview on Fox News Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned Democrats that any legal challenge to these orders will delay relief.

Coverage from left-rated outlets tended to highlight voices criticizing the orders, questioning whether Trump has the legal authority to give the orders, and the money to pay for them. Coverage from right-rated outlets tended to focus on the details of the economic plan.

Trump Signs Series of Executive Actions to Provide Coronavirus Economic Relief

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ANALYSIS

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has faced a barrage of lawsuits from top Democrats and liberal advocacy groups challenging his broad assertions of executive power, usually over contentious issues like his crackdown on sanctuary cities or his refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations.

Now, however, the president faces a battle over a set of executive actions he issued on Saturday providing economic relief measures that many of his fiercest critics actually support, including weekly federal unemployment payments, student loan relief and efforts to protect tenants from eviction during the pandemic....

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WASHINGTON – With stimulus talks with Congress at an impasse, President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders on Saturday to provide temporary relief to Americans who are suffering from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

At a news conference from his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., Trump signed four orders that will provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits, suspend payments on some student loans through the end of the year, protect renters from being evicted from their homes, and instruct employers to defer certain...

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President Trump Saturday signed four executive actions to provide Americans financial relief from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Here's a look at what they would do:

$400 weekly federal unemployment aid

Trump's executive action calls for $400-per-week in supplemental unemployment aid. Unemployed people were getting $600-a-week extra until the federal program expired at the end of July.

Trump's action would require states to pay for 25 percent of the $400 weekly benefit, while the federal government would pick up 75 percent.

Trump would divert up to $44 billion from FEMA's Disaster...

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