Trump signs executive orders on coronavirus relief

Democrats called the move unconstitutional after the president bypassed Congress to extend unemployment benefits, curb evictions, provide student loan relief and suspend collection of payroll taxes.
2:18 | 08/10/20

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appreciate your time. We turn to the fallout over president trump's executive orders on coronavirus relief. Democrats criticizing the move calling it unconstitution ago. Our Terry Moran with the latest. Reporter: This morning, there's confusion and controversy about president trump's new executive actions on coronavirus relief. And it was time to act and actually we've been largely praised. We have to get money out to the people. Reporter: On Saturday trump signed four executive actions that would extend unemployment benefits, curb evictions, provide relief to student borrowers and suspend collection of payroll taxes. But Democrats are bashing the president's moves. They say he's exceeding presidential authority and that his orders actually accomplish far less than meets the eye. The president's executive orders described in one word could be paltry. Reporter: Overnight trump dismissed the criticism suggesting his executive actions might help reignite those failed congressional negotiations which collapsed with nothing to show after weeks of talks. They're much more inclined to make a deal now than two days Reporter: A key point here with unemployment at 10.5%. Trump ordered a $400 per week extension of unemployment benefits that expired last month for roughly 31 million Americans, but he's now looking to already cash strapped states to foot at least some of that bill. This is the money that they need. This is the money they want and this gives them a great incentive to go back to work. Reporter: But the constitution gives congress the power of the purse so it's not clear how much weight these orders hold. Even some members of the president's own party say they cross a legal line. I associate the remarks with what senator sasse says. Reporter: He's turning it into a campaign promise. If I'm victorious on November 3rd I plan to forgive the taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax and make them all Reporter: Those payroll taxes help fund social security and Democrats and their presumptive nominee Joe Biden immediately jumped on president trump's promise right there saying he's out to destroy the social security program. The bottom line is that both congress and the president, Democrats and Republicans are failing to compromise and pass any new Corona relief bill even while so many Americans suffer.

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