On Saturday, President Donald Trump took executive action for the American people after Democrats in Congress have stalled and failed to produce a coronavirus relief package.
The executive order, which will be extremely beneficial to the American people, was immediately met with harsh backlash from Democratic leaders.
During an interview on Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had a meltdown on CNN, saying that the order was “absurdly unconstitutional.”
“First of all, he is saying states have the money. No, they don’t,” Pelosi claimed. “They have expenses from the coronavirus. They have lost revenue. Because of that, they are firing health care workers, first responders, teachers, and the rest, sanitation, transportation because they don’t have the money. Second of all, everything is left out — our assistance to the schools, feeding the hungry, helping people who are going to be evicted. The president’s moratorium, he just did a study to look at a moratorium. Something’s wrong. Either the president doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Clearly, his aides don’t know what he is talking about, or something’s very wrong here about meeting the needs of the American people at this time.”
She added, “The fact is, is that whether they’re legal or not takes time to figure out. I associate my remarks with what the senator who says, they’re unconstitutional slop. Right now, we want to address the needs of the American people. As my constitutional advisers tell me, they’re absurdly unconstitutional. Gut right now our focus —and that’s a parallel thing—right now the focus, the priority, has to be on, again, meeting the needs of the American people sufficiently allocating resources to send children to school, not threatening schools that if they don’t have actual attendance, they won’t get the federal dollars.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had a similar opinion as the speaker which he shared during an interview with left-wing network MSNBC.
Schumer said, “We have this huge crisis, the largest economic crisis since the depression, the greatest health crisis since the pandemic. Unfortunately, the president’s executive orders described in one word could describe paltry. The event at the country club is what Trump does, a big show but it doesn’t do anything, as the American people look at these executive orders they don’t come close to doing the job. One, what they proposed and second what’s left out. What’s proposed. On the unemployment benefit, first, the $600 a week has been very successful, it’s kept millions of people out of poverty, pumped more money into the economy, consumer spending is probably the best thing in the economy.”
He added, “Americans want to work. With 10%, 11% unemployment, you can’t find a job and people shouldn’t be given a pay cut. Second, this is an unworkable plan. Most states will take months to implement it because it’s brand new, sort of put together with cut and paste. To boot, it depletes the hurricane trust fund to defer this money to pay for this money at a time when we’re at the height of hurricane season.”
Check out what the President’s executive order will provide for the American people below:
- Defer payroll taxes for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year.
- Implement a moratorium on evictions and give financial assistance to renters.
- Add $400 per week in extra unemployment benefits through the end of 2020, requiring states to cover 25% of the additional benefits.
- Postpone student loan interest and payments through the end of 2020.
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