Some members of the presidential party challenged the decision, saying Congress should legislate.
His. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric Sasse Several GOP lawmakers worry about Trump’s executive orders Democrats seek to exploit Trump-GOP tensions in COVID-19 talks On the trail: early signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE (R-Nebr.), Which has spoken widely against the government spending large sums of money on coronavirus legislation, offered one of the party’s sharpest rebuke, calling the theory behind the move of “unconstitutional slop”.
“The pen and phone theory of executive legislation is an unconstitutional slant,” Sasse said in an emailed statement obtained by The Hill. “President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with the DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law.
Under the Obama administration, conservatives have often criticized the president’s use of executive action on issues stuck in Congress, such as immigration reform.
The president’s orders came after pressure on the White House and the GOP Senate to strike a deal with Democratic leaders in Congress, mounted this week, with negotiators rushing to meet Friday’s self-imposed deadline. However, they could not agree on a proposal because the programs established by the CARES law in March expired.
President of the Judicial Power of the Senate Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin Graham Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump’s executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump’s orders, but “would much prefer a Congressional deal” Sunday shows preview: White House, Congressional Democrats unable to break deadlock on coronavirus relief MORE (R) offered less harsh comments, saying that if he appreciated the president’s orders, he “would much prefer an agreement from Congress.”
His. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar Alexander Several GOP lawmakers worried about Trump’s executive orders (R-Tenn.), Accused Democrats of failing to come to a deal, but indicated he did not support the president bypassing Congress.
“The president is doing all he can to help workers, students and tenants, but Congress is the one who should act,” Alexander said in a statement.
Near. @realDonaldTrump is doing all it can to help workers, students and tenants, but Congress should act. Democrats should stop blocking common sense proposals to help students return to school and college and parents return to work who need child care.
– Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) August 8, 2020
representative Justin AmashJustin Amash Several GOP lawmakers worried about Trump’s executive orders Peter Meijer wins GOP primary in Amash District, Michigan Amash confirms he will not seek re-election MORE (L-Mich.), A libertarian who left the Republican caucus last year, compared the president’s actions to those of a “king.”
“Our Constitution does not allow the president to act as king whenever Congress does not legislate,” Amash posted on Twitter.
Our Constitution does not allow the president to act as king whenever Congress does not legislate.
– Justin Amash (@justinamash) August 8, 2020
It is still unclear whether it is legal for Trump to unilaterally intervene on unemployment and other benefits, with the president hinting in New Jersey on Saturday that he was planning legal action against the orders.