Mr Trump announced an executive order granting a payroll tax holiday to Americans receiving less than $ 100,000 a year, and said he would make permanent payroll tax cuts if re-elected. Although Mr. Trump has repeatedly insisted that Congress pass a payroll tax cut, many Republicans in the Senate have expressed opposition to the idea, due to concerns about the potential impact on the trust fund. social security.The president signed another decree providing protection against evictions, as well as another concerning deferral of student loan payments.
He also announced an order extending additional federal unemployment benefits to $ 400 per week, with states covering 25% of the cost. Congressional Democrats had not budged on their insistence on a long-term extension of enhanced unemployment benefits of $ 600 per week to jobless Americans that expired at the end of July.
It is not clear how the president could do these things unilaterally.
The president criticized President Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for failing to come to an agreement with White House officials. Although he said “I hope we can do something with them at a later date,” he has repeatedly criticized the Democrats and their $ 3.4 trillion proposal. He claimed Democrats were trying to “steal the election” by including electoral assistance provisions in their bill. Democrats argue there is a need to strengthen state electoral systems amid a pandemic, as many voters are expected to choose to vote by mail.
Pelosi said on Friday she offered a compromise on relief coronavirus legislation to White House officials, offering to cut the bill by $ 1 trillion if Republicans add $ 1 trillion to their version, but has stated that this offer was rejected. White House officials had hoped to reach agreement on a smaller bill that included funding for schools, the paycheck protection program and unemployment benefits, but Democrats argued Republicans did not understand not the seriousness of the situation.
The president called Pelosi “crazy” and called the Senate Minority Leader “Crying Chuck Schumer”.
The president said in aevening that his administration “talks” of postponing the payroll tax, as well as continuing a moratorium on evictions and continuing to increase unemployment benefits, and postponing student loan payments until the end of the year.
Kathryn Watson contributed to this report.