President Trump recently signed four executive orders that will provide an additional $400 in unemployment benefits to millions of Americans still unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News reports House Democrats are furious.
During an interview with Fox News Sunday morning and again in a joint statement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the president of violating the U.S. Constitution.
Pelosi said to “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that the executive orders were little more than an “illusion” to the American people.
When asked if Trump’s actions were legal, Pelosi answered: “No, in fact, what the president did is — I agreed what the Republican senator said — is unconstitutional slop.” The comment was in reference to a statement by Republican Senator Ben Sasse.
“While it has the illusion of saying we’re going to have a moratorium on evictions, it says I’m gonna ask the folks in charge to study if that’s feasible. While he says he’s going to do the payroll tax, what he’s doing is undermining Social Security and Medicare, so these are illusions,” Pelosi continued via Fox News.
Pelosi also accused Trump of complicating the unemployment system and how states will have to cover $100 of the $400 in benefits. She said the orders “do not give the money in enhanced benefits, but puts a complicated formula there which will take a while, if at all, to accomplish to put money in the pockets of the American people.”
Trump signed the four orders only after congressional negotiations failed and a deal had not been reached. Pelosi said the failed effort was at the fault of the Trump administration not willing to meet Democrats halfway.
“What the president did doesn’t even accomplish what he sets out to do in the categories that he did. But we said to them, we’ll come down a trillion, you go up a trillion. Meet us halfway, and we’ll be able to have an agreement that meets the needs of the American people,” she said via the report.
Pelosi echoed these criticisms in a joint statement with Schumer.
“Today’s meager announcements by the president show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families,” the duo said. “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.”
Democrats repeat our call to Republicans to return to the table, meet us halfway and work together to deliver immediate relief to the American people.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 8, 2020