Trump’s executive order would have states chipping in with weekly unemployment bonus

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 August 2020 at 9:54 am

Cuomo says cash-strapped states don’t have funds

With Congress at an apparent impasse on renewing a weekly unemployment bonus during the Covid-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to give unemployed Americans an extra $400 a week.

That is down from the $600 they were receiving as an unemployment bonus that expired on July 31. Trump’s order would have the federal government paying $300 a week and the states contributing $100.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Trump’s order for the states to pay towards the program won’t work because the states are facing steep revenue losses and mounting costs to fight Covid-19.

“It’s just an impossibility,” Cuomo told reporters on Sunday.

The Trump order would cost the state $4 billion, Cuomo said. He said the Trump order is “laughable” in light of the fiscal distress with state budgets.

Congressman Chris Jacobs, NY-27, released a statement praising the president for pushing to provide relief to Americans.

“The negotiation process for a new stimulus package has been bogged down with partisan politics and far-left democratic wish lists that do not benefit the American people,” Jacobs said. “I applaud President Trump’s decisive action to make the health and financial well-being of Americans a priority and sign executive orders that will boost our economy, protect unemployed Americans, and aid Americans suffering from the effects of COVID-19. Conquering this enemy and rebuilding our economy is an effort we need to be united on, and the President is setting the example of what it means to put all Americans first.” – Congressman Chris Jacobs said.

Jacobs said Trump’s executive orders also protect against evictions for renters, extend student loan relief, and provide a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year.

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