Trump Signs Order For Extra $400 Of Weekly Unemployment Benefits

Joanna Estrada
August 9, 2020

President Donald Trump signed executive orders yestertday 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 five million cases.

Americans who are now out of work will be eligible to receive a new $400-a-week unemployment benefit.

Known as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, this is the additional federal benefit of $600 per week over and above regular and state unemployment insurance payments and other forms of pandemic unemployment assistance.

The extra benefit is less then the extra $600 a week that were written into the Cares Act in March and expired July 25.

"Democrats repeat our call to Republicans to return to the table, meet us halfway and work together to deliver immediate relief to the American people".

"Today's meager announcements by the President show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families", they wrote in a joint statement Saturday. "You'll see when it happens".

"We're doing that without the Democrats", Trump added.

"We've had it", he said at a news conference at his country club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Trump also signed an executive order that defers payroll taxes through the end of the year to Americans earning less than $100,000.

His orders would also stop evictions from rental housing that has federal financial backing and extend zero percent interest on federally financed student loans.

"My administration continues to work in good faith to reach an agreement with Democrats in Congress that will extend unemployment benefits, provide protections against evictions".

Trump set the internet ablaze when he referenced "Thighland" during a speech on Thursday, but he had a staunch defender in D'Souza, who mounted an hours-long campaign to turn the gaffe upside down - despite the fact that even Trump corrected himself shortly after he misspoke.

Schumer slammed President Trump's executive orders on coronavirus relief as "meager" solutions that don't appreciate the gravity of the crisis.

Pressed on comments he made Friday that he expected to be sued over his actions, he backtracked, saying, "What I said is, people can do whatever they want".

"This has never been done before", Trump said.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday offered to reduce a proposed $3.4 trillion coronavirus aid package, which the House passed in May but White House negotiators Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows rejected the offer. "That's big news, very important", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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