Democrats in Congress have been playing politics with unemployment and other forms of necessary relief due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Trump got tired of waiting for them to get serious and ultimately decided to just go around them.
He signed an executive order.
Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after talks with Congress break down
President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Saturday partly restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the coronavirus pandemic, as the United States marked a grim milestone of 5 million cases.
Negotiations broke down this week between the White House and top Democrats in Congress over how best to help Americans cope with the heavy human and economic toll of the crisis, which has killed more than 160,000 people across the country.
Trump said the orders would provide an extra $400 per week in unemployment payments, less than the $600 per week passed earlier in the crisis. Some of the measures were likely to face legal challenges, as the U.S. Constitution gives Congress authority over federal spending.
“This is the money they need, this is the money they want, this gives them an incentive to go back to work,” the Republican president said of the lower payments. He said 25% of it would be paid by states, whose budgets have been hard hit by the crisis.
Professor William Jacobson notes that this move by Trump puts the Democrats in a very awkward position.
From Legal Insurrection:
The $600 per week bonus unemployment payment created a situation where people making less than %50,000 per year who lost their jobs had a financial incentive to stay out of work. I don’t expect people to make economically irrational decisions, and it’s rational if you are making substantially less than $50,000 per year not to return to work. Numerous contractors and landscapers have told me that they have a hard time hiring people even though they are busy because they make more not working. That dynamic will change a little because Trump lowered the $600 bonus to $400.
The third dynamic is that the Democrats are hardpressed to try to stop it in court. The party that always claims Republicans want to kill grandma and starve children would be in the posture of taking stuff away from people at a difficult time.
Trump basically dared them to try.
Democrats are playing games with people’s lives. If they know what’s good for them, they’ll leave this alone.