While the jury may still be out in regard to the legality of President Trump’s executive order regarding coronavirus stimulus funds, there is no doubt whatsoever as to just what the impact will be on Congress.
The two sides of the aisle were never even close to making a deal on a coronavirus relief bill that was so desperately needed by average Americans. They had weeks to work on a compromise, but, instead, our elected officials made the process all about themselves once again, allowing the previous benefits to expire last week.
Then, in stunning fashion, the Commander in Chief swooped in.
President Trump signed four executive actions Saturday aimed at delivering relief to Americans struggling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic while accusing Democrats of stonewalling greater aid efforts.
Trump announced a $400-per-week supplemental unemployment payment to out-of-work Americans — short of the $600 weekly benefit that expired at the end of July. He unveiled an extension of student loan relief and protections from evictions for renters and homeowners.
Trump also issued a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year for Americans earning less than $100,000, while promising more relief if he wins a second term.
The relief is certainly welcome and necessary, but one would be remiss to ignore the impact that Trump’s maneuver will have on the political dynamic in Washington DC and the 2020 election.
The Commander in Chief just went to bat for the American people in a way that Congress either could not or would not, and that just might be as profound an action as the stimulus itself.
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