Warren Denounces Trump's Executive Orders as "Cruel Joke" on American People


"I will be back here any time to listen to new proposals", said Mr Mnuchin, who identified the roadblocks as funding for state and local governments and an extension of enhanced unemployment payments, a $600 per week lifeline for those who have lost jobs in the coronavirus crisis.

Trump's move directs the treasury secretary to defer payroll taxes for workers "most in need".

The Democratic chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Richard E. Neal of MA, accused Trump of "brazenly circumventing Congress to institute tax policy that destabilises Social Security".

The directives include measures to support the unemployed, suspend payroll tax and extend student loans.

"If I win, I may extend and terminate", Trump said, repeating a longtime goal but remaining silent on how he'd fund the Medicare and Social Security benefits that the 7 per cent tax on employee income covers. "President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law".

"We support any and all relief that will come to Oregonians during this very hard time", the Oregon Employment Department said in a statement Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon, the President signed a flurry of executive orders on coronavirus relief after Democrats and the White House failed to reach an agreement on a relief bill. "The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop", said Sasse, a member of the Senate's Judiciary and Finance panels. His reelection chances imperiled by the pandemic, the president contended his orders "will take care of pretty much this entire situation, as we know it".

In an appearance on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Trump's executive actions unconstitutional but sidestepped a question about whether she would sue to block them.

"My constitutional advisers tell me they're absurdly unconstitutional, and that's a parallel thing", Pelosi said. "Right now the focus, the priority, has to be on. meeting the needs of the American people".

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), meanwhile, told "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Democrats in the Senate are "ready to meet the White House and the Republicans halfway".

"Today's meager announcements by the president show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families", Pelosi said in a joint statement with Schumer on Saturday.

The four measures were signed after negotiations between his administration and Democrats broke up this week.

With talks stalled and a weekly $600 unemployment bonus expired last week, Trump recently bypassed Congress by issuing executive orders that could provide a $400 weekly enhancement to unemployment benefits, calling on states to cover a quarter of the costs.

All of the orders-for various but very specific reasons, he said, "fall dramatically short of responding effectively to the enormous need across the country due to Covid-19 and the deep recession".

Many congressional Republicans oppose the expanded unemployment benefits, which they say they drain the federal treasury and act as a disincentive for laid-off employees to return to work.

Schumer said on ABC's This Week that Democrats had been willing to compromise on their $3.4 trillion bill, with Pelosi suggesting to White House negotiators that Democrats go down $1 trillion and Republicans go up $1 trillion.

"This is not presidential leadership", Biden said.

"I'm confident that every single one of these orders, which cleared through the Office of Legal Counsel, will stand up", Navarro said.