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Politics Trump says he's open to allowing unemployed to get enhanced benefits without states paying part of the cost

05:30  10 august  2020
05:30  10 august  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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(CNN) President Donald Trump opened the door on Sunday to allowing some unemployed Americans to get enhanced unemployment benefits even if the states in which they live won't pay part of the costs . Under the memorandum Trump signed Saturday, the additional benefit of 0

Trump ’ s executive order extends enhanced unemployment benefits through the end of the year at a rate of 0 per week. States will be responsible for 25% of the cost via existing funding, Trump said , which will reduce the federal government’ s obligation to 0 per week per recipient.

President Donald Trump opened the door on Sunday to allowing some unemployed Americans to get enhanced unemployment benefits even if the states in which they live won't pay part of the costs.

a man in a suit sitting at a table using a laptop: US President Donald Trump signs executive orders extending coronavirus economic relief, during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) © Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump signs executive orders extending coronavirus economic relief, during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

His comments come just one day after he signed a memorandum that would require states to agree to enter into a financial arrangement with the federal government for any unemployed person living there to get any of the additional benefits.

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Trump also said he was pursuing an executive order to protect patients from insurance hikes due to pre-existing conditions. But that protection is already part of the Affordable He said he will extend unemployment benefits through the end of the year via an executive order, though he doesn’t say

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Under the memorandum, the federal government would require states to pick up the tab for 25% (or $100) of the $400 additional benefit each person may able to receive weekly in additional aid -- an initiative that was immediately criticized by several governors because of how financially strapped many states are due to the coronavirus.

But Trump said Sunday it was possible that the federal government could pick up the entire cost if governors make a request.

"We have a system where we can do 100% or we can do 75%, they pay 25, and it will depend on the state," he said to reporters before returning to the White House from his resort in New Jersey. "And they will make a application. We will look at it, and we'll make a decision."

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One memo extends the enhanced unemployment benefits that expired roughly two weeks ago and have been critical to millions of Americans out of work due to the pandemic. The benefits will be lowered from 0 to 0 per week, with states required to cover 25 percent of the cost , Trump said .

Trump said 25 percent of this money would be paid by states , many of which are already dealing with major That law provided 0 in enhanced weekly unemployment benefits through July and protected Trump had tried to insist that Congress include a payroll tax cut as part of the talks, but

"So you know, they may be, they'll pay nothing in some instances or maybe they'll -- a little bit like the National Guard, like the National Guard, as you know. Sometimes we'll pay all of it depending on the tragedy, or whatever it may be, the disaster," he said. "Sometimes the state will pay 40%, 25%, 10% or nothing -- depending on how it works out."

Several experts told CNN there are major questions about how many states may be able to afford the extra cost. If a state says that it does not have the funds or does not want to enter into the agreement with the federal government, the unemployed people in that state would receive zero dollars in the extra benefits (they would still receive the normal state unemployment insurance).

Also, because Congress has not authorized an extension of extra federal unemployment assistance, the state will have to set up an entirely new system to deliver the additional aid, which could take months.

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  Trump signs measures to boost economic aid but could face challenges Unemployment benefits at $400 a week were included, lower than the previous rate of $600 a week.The actions, if implemented, would provide $400 in added unemployment benefits for those out of work because of the pandemic, and defer payroll taxes for those earning less than $100,000 a year. Unemployed workers had been receiving a supplement of $600, a benefit that expired on July 31.

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Trump said 25 percent of this money would be paid by states , many of which are already dealing with major That law provided 0 in enhanced weekly unemployment benefits through July and protected Trump had tried to insist that Congress include a payroll tax cut as part of the talks, but

Trump's memorandum on enhanced unemployment benefits was just one of four items he tried to exert executive action on this weekend after Democrats and the White House were unable to reach an agreement on a broad stimulus package.

The other three actions he signed include a memorandum on a payroll tax holiday for Americans earning less than about $104,000 a year, an executive order on "assistance to renters and homeowners" and a memorandum on deferring student loan payments.

The President claimed Sunday the response has been "mostly positives," stating "we've been largely praised."

While many Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have celebrated Trump's package of executive actions, he's faced sustained criticism from Democrats and at least one congressional Republican.

Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized Trump's executive actions as "meager" and accused the President of not grasping the severity of the current crisis.

"We're disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans' problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors' Social Security and Medicare," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said in a statement Saturday, "The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop."

"President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law. Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through their members of Congress."

This story has been updated with additional information about reaction to the President's executive actions.

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