Trump Executive Orders on Virus Relief Cause Confusion

With Congress unable to pass swift COVID-19 relief, President Donald Trump tried to bypass the legislative branch altogether with executive orders on extra unemployment benefits, a partial eviction ban and deferring payroll tax. But some of those measures may be unconstitutional because they use spending powers reserved for Congress, and it could take months to create systems to defer payroll taxes — which fund Social Security and Medicare benefits. Still, as OZY co-founder Carlos Watson explained on MSNBC, “They were looking for some kind of maneuver to be able to say later on that they did something.” 

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