House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticized President Trump's decision to issue four executive orders Saturday, bypassing Congress to address the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawmakers also called on their Republican colleagues to meet back at the negotiating table to pass a fifth bill in Congress.
At his private club in Bedminster, N. J., Trump signed orders that extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes, and offer federal eviction and student loan relief after lawmakers and members of the Trump administration failed to reach an agreement on a fifth coronavirus bill this week.
The Democratic congressional leaders issued a joint statement Saturday evening stating that Trump, “still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families.”
“We’re disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans’ problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security and Medicare,” the lawmakers said.
One order issued Saturday directs the Treasury Department to allow employers to defer payment of employee-side Social Security payroll taxes through... (Read more)
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