Executive Orders Extend COVID Relief Including $400 a Week Unemployment Benefits

On Saturday, President Trump bypassed Congress and signed executive orders providing coronavirus relief.

The executive orders extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes, and offer federal eviction and student loan relief, reported NBC News.

With the $600 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits expiring on July 31, Trump’s order will extend the payments but at a reduced rate of $400 a week. It is unclear how soon the benefits will be dispersed to jobless Americans and for how long.

One of the orders would also offer a payroll tax holiday until the end of the year for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year.

Trump said he would make the payroll cuts permanent if he is reelected in November.

"If I win, I may extend and terminate,” Trump said at a press conference from his private club in Bedminster, N.J. “In other words, I’ll extend it beyond the end of the year and terminate the tax.”

The two other executive orders relate to eviction protections and student loan relief.

While some have expressed doubt over the legality of his order to unilaterally extend unemployment benefits, Trump was confident he would prevail.

"I guess, maybe they'll bring legal actions, maybe they won't,” he told reporters. “But they won't win."

Trump signed the orders after coronavirus relief negotiations between Republicans and Democrats failed to come to a consensus.

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