Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

By: and - August 8, 2020 9:26 pm

The U.S. Capitol on December 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action on his own after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill.

He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with another $100 a week kicked in by states, consider temporarily stopping residential evictions, pause federal student loan payments and defer payroll taxes.

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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler is a national correspondent for States Newsroom.

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Allison Stevens is an independent writer, editor, and communications strategist in Northern Virginia. She can be reached at www.allisonstevens.com.

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