President Trump Signs an Executive Order Extending Unemployment at $400 Per Week
On Saturday, President Trump signed an executive order to provide an additional $400 per week of unemployment benefits, according to CNBC.
Trump signed the executive orders amid gridlock in Washington as lawmakers continue to debate extending the benefits offered through the cares act. Senate Republicans have been reluctant to extend the $600 boost, but have suggested $200 a week. “So that’s generous, but we want to take care of our people,” Trump said on Saturday. “Again, it wasn’t their fault, it was China’s fault.”
The economic lockdown instituted earlier this year put almost 20 million Americans out of work. Only half of those jobs have been recovered, according to the nonfarm payrolls report Friday. The unemployment rate is now at 10.1 percent. The original $600 per week unemployment boost ended at the end of July.
“We’re doing that without the Democrats,” Trump said. “We should have been able to do it very easily with them, but they want all these additional things that have nothing to do with helping people.” Trump also signed executive orders that halt evictions, deferred student loan payments, and a payroll tax vacation.
“Through these four actions, my administration will provide immediate relief to Americans struggling in this difficult time,” he said. “The beautiful thing about this difficult time is we’re coming back and setting records.”