When Congress couldn’t agree on a COVID relief package, Trump stepped in and with great fanfare signed four executive actions on Saturday. We break it down.

  1. One would provide unemployed workers an extra $400 in federal weekly benefits (down from the $600 that expired last month BUT with the States on the hook for $100 of that)
  2. Another would defer payroll taxes for people who make less than $100,000 a year.
  3. Yet another would pause student loan payments and interest through December 31.
  4. And the final order would ‘direct efforts to stop evictions.’

The problem is, the President doesn’t have the power to do this — only Congress. And if you read the executive actions closely,  even if they were deemed constitutional, they will not quickly deliver the aid Trump promised.

Even some dyed-in-the-wool Republicans have called this a ‘constitutional overreach.’ Trump slammed Nebraska’s senator Ben Sassen after he called the president’s flurry of executive orders ‘unconstitutional slop.’

Democrats have labeled it a ‘political stunt.’