President Trump Signs 4 Executive Orders for Pandemic Relief, Sidestepping Congress

August 10, 2020

On Saturday, President Donald Trump went around Congress and signed four executive orders related to pandemic relief, according to The New York Times. One order was a federal eviction ban, one order was a payroll tax suspension, one order addressed relief for student borrowers, and the last granted $400 a week for those on unemployment. Congress and the White House have been unable to reach a new relief deal up until this point. Trump signed the orders at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have chosen to hold this vital assistance hostage,” Mr. Trump claimed. Unsurprisingly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader disagreed. "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," they said in a joint statement. They called for the Republicans to return to the negotiating table. Loopholes seem to exist in Trump's orders, and they can be challenged for legality so it's unclear what will actually go into effect this week.