President Donald Trump brushed aside Congress by upending negotiations with the Democrats after lawmakers failed to reach a deal at the end of the week.
The President had earlier threatened that if an agreement could not be reached by the end of the week, he would act independently.
He followed through on his threat by signing executive orders that include the following:
- Establish a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year.
- Defer student loan payments through the end of the year.
- Continue eviction moratoriums.
- Extend enhanced unemployment benefits that expired last week, albeit at a reduced level of $400 instead of the prior $600.
“If I’m victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax,” Trump said. “Joe Biden and the Democrats may not want that; they don’t want that.”
Democrats had promised last week to file a legal challenge if the President acted through executive order to circumvent Congress, which has the constitutional authority to determine federal spending.
Trump scoff at those challenges, telling reporters, “I guess, maybe they’ll bring legal actions, maybe they won’t. But they won’t win.”
Carol May, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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