Trump Says Hes Considering Executive Orders to Suspend Evictions, Payroll Tax

As members of Congress debate over the details of the next stimulus package, President Donald Trump on Monday evening said he is considering issuing executive orders to suspend eviction and payroll tax.

Republicans and Democrats are divided primarily over whether to extend the $600-per-week unemployment benefits provision that expired late last month. Republicans last week proposed a $200-per-week bonus before implementing a program that would pay 70 percent of a workers wage.

“I could do that if I want, and I want to do that. I dont want people to be evicted,” Trump told reporters about whether he would suspend evictions. A federal moratorium on evictions, which was passed in Marchs CARES Act, expired last month.

The CARES Act and other stimulus measures were passed in order to offset economic losses incurred by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

“Theyre thrown out viciously. Its not their fault. Its not their fault. Its Chinas fault,” Trump said, referring to the fact that the virus originated last year in mainland China. Critics have noted that the CCP attempted to censor and downplay the impact of the virus early on, while some have noted the regime has not been transparent in reporting cases.

Trump, in the news conference, said he has the authority to suspend payroll taxes.

“I can do that also through executive order, so well be talking about that,” Trump said.

On Monday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday held a meeting for approximately two hours in Washington.

Pelosi told CBS News, after the meeting, that it was “productive,” telling reporters afterward that “were moving down the track,” without elaborating.

“Were making some progress on certain issues, moving closer together,” Schumer also told Read More From Source

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