FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump threatened to take coronavirus relief into his own hands “if Democrats continue to hold relief hostage.”
Trump said if coronavirus negotiations continued to stall, he would sign an executive order deferring the payroll tax until the end of the year, starting July 1 retroactively, and extend enhanced unemployment benefits.
He did not state how much those benefits would be — $600 per week was given in additional federal benefits under the last relief bill but Republicans have proposed cutting that to $200 per week.
The president also said his executive order would defer student loan payments and forgive interest “until further notice.”
Trump said lawyers were drawing up the executive order currently and “it could be by the end of the week” that he signs it. He said, “probably we get sued” but he isn’t worried about the legality because “everything gets sued.”
Trump earlier in the week first floated the idea of taking executive action to halt evictions and suspend payroll taxes. Trump has long pushed the idea that a payroll tax cut would spur hiring.
In July, the president said he told Republicans they could drop the idea of a cut to the payroll tax, the tax that finances Social Security and Medicare, from the next coronavirus relief bill because Democrats wouldn’t allow it.
“Based on that I told Republicans, I said I think a payroll tax would be good, but we’re not going to get it from Democrats. So you still need Democrat votes. I would like to see it but if we’re not going to get their votes, I guess we have to go on to the next thing,” he said.
Lawmakers ended a week of negotiations on coronavirus relief without a deal Friday, or even a clear path forward, amid growing concerns that talks may collapse altogether.
Both parties had a self-imposed Friday deadline. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Thursday that if they missed it, there’s “no sense” in continuing discussion.
“I’ve become extremely doubtful that we’ll be able to make a deal if it goes well beyond Friday,” said Meadows.
The impasse in negotiations puts at risk potentially trillions of dollars in aid for families, businesses and the U.S. economy, including a fresh round of $1,200 stimulus checks, extra unemployment aid for millions of unemployed Americans, $100 billion to help reopen schools and relief for cash-strapped state and local governments.
“A lot of people are going to be evicted, but I’m going to stop it because I’ll do it myself if I have to,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “I have a lot of powers with respect to executive orders, and we’re looking at that very seriously right now.”
The House passed its Heroes Act in May, a $3 trillion bill that included a clean extension of the $600 per week federal unemployment benefits, more money for state and local governments and expanded qualification for the stimulus checks, among other Democratic priorities.
The Senate revealed its own HEALS Act, a scaled-down, $1 trillion relief bill that included $200 per week in federal unemployment benefits and $105 billion for schools to assist in reopening.
Whether to extend the supplemental $600 a week in jobless aid has proven to be a key sticking point in negotiations. Democrats have split, some saying the $600 number is a nonstarter and some saying the number is negotiable. Republicans have said $600 is too high and disincentivizes returning to work, as many make more collecting unemployment than they did in wages.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Democrats were willing to compromise at $2 trillion for the fourth stimulus package, but that the Trump administration had rejected her offer.
Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that Democrats have been “mightily trying to find common ground.”
“We’ll take it down a trillion, if you add a trillion,” Pelosi said Friday. “They said absolutely not. Then we would be in range.”
It appears that the Democrats on Capitol Hill have learned nothing since the first contentious Coronavirus Stimulus Package was passed.
Among other “important matters” shoved in the last bill by Pelosi and the Dems was $35 million for the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center.
The Speaker of the House also got caught attempting to put abortion funding in the first Coronavirus Relief Bill.
It turned out that was just the tip of the iceberg.
How tone deaf are Pelosi and the Democrats?
Did they actually believe that average Americans who are still out of work because of the “invisible scourge”, as President Trump once called the Coronavirus, would see ANOTHER pork-laden bill designed to pay their special interest groups as being beneficial?
If so, then they are a bunch of idiots, just as Senator John Kennedyhas so accurately described them before.
There are average Americans out here in Realityville that still need help paying their bills and feeding their families while they are off work due to the Coronavirus.
That is why the President has been pushing so hard for a bill which will provide immediate relief to both those American who have been working through all of the pandemic and those who have not been able t work because of it.
What Pelosi and the Dems are proving once again is that they do not give a rat’s hindquarters about average Americans.
Their number one priority is filling their own bank accounts and the bank accounts of their “friends”, i.e., those special interest groups and companies which they have a financial interest in.
I guarantee you, if you look at the investors lists of those wind and solar energy companies who sprang up out of nowhere during the Obama Administration, you will see several Capitol Hill Democrats and/or their family members name listed.
It is amazing to me that after almost four years of trying and failing to remove Trump from office via impeachment and not passing anything of significance of behalf of average Americans, that the Democrats in the House of Representatives and the Senate remain oblivious to the wants and the needs of average Americans, the very voters whom they always erroneously claim to represent.
If they don’t cooperate with the Republicans and pass some actual relief for average Americans during this difficult and scary time, the President is well within his power to writing some Executive Orders to provide some much needed relief to American citizens.
And, if Pelosi and the Dems dig in their heels and refuse to work something out with the Republicans, I would not be surprised to see a march on Washington reminiscent of the scenes in the movies of the villagers chasing the Frankenstein Monster with torches and pitchforks.
As the tightening Presidential Election Polls are showing, he anti-American Far Left Democrats have “awakened a sleeping giant”, as Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto lamented following the attack on Pearl Harbor which started World War II.
If was the same anger which cost the Democrats the Presidency in 2016.
If they thought that we were angry then, they haven’t seen anything, yet.
Until He Comes,