Democrats and the White House failed to come to terms on a second stimulus package Friday, missing a self-imposed deadline. Now President Trump pledges to break the stimulus gridlock.
President Donald Trump says he plans to take things into his own hands through executive orders. In what was billed as a press conference at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club, Trump made it clear that if policymakers do not agree on a second stimulus package, he will act. “If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage, I will act under my authority as president to get Americans the relief they need,’’ he said.
Trump threatens to issue executive order
The threat isn’t new. Trump previously stated that he might issue executive orders today to address the second stimulus aid package. But he didn’t actually issue any orders Friday. He said that the White House remains willing to negotiate and continued to blame Democrats for not agreeing on the second stimulus package.
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“Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer continue to insist on radical left-wing policies that have nothing to do with the China virus. So, you have a virus that comes in, and you have people in Congress that don’t want to help our people,’’ Trump said.
If executed, the executive order might defer payroll tax collection, while extending unemployment benefits, an eviction moratorium, and student loan relief.