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Trump Issues Executive Orders Extending Unemployment Payments and Cutting Payroll Tax

• by Washington Examiner

He declared that each unemployed person will be given $400 weekly, which is $200 less than what the previous benefits provided. It appears he has protected renters from evictions, allowed employers to defer payroll taxes, and suspended payments on some student loans. Payroll taxes are used to fund Social Security and Medicare. He said that, if he wins in November, he will forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax. All of these actions are unconstitutional, because they are within the jurisdiction of Congress, not the President. However, the government will argue – and the courts will uphold – the idea that the Constitution is suspended in times of national emergency, which is in the power of the President to declare.