President Trump Signs Executive Orders Lowering Unemployment Benefits

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President Trump signed a series of executive orders on Saturday in response to the coronavirus pandemic posing a detriment to many American’s financial wellbeing. These orders included providing $400 per week in unemployment benefits. This is less than the unemployment benefit implemented by Congress in the spring, which provided $600 per week.

The series of executive orders comes after two weeks of Congressional negotiations reaching a stalemate. In these debates, Democrats advocated for Americans to continue receiving $600 per week, while Republicans advocated for the benefit to drop to $200 per week. Trump’s decision of $400 per week serves as a compromise. It is debated however, whether the president holds legal authority to make such a decision.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/08/08/coronavirus-stimulus-trump-signs-executive-orders-extending-benefits/3316846001/

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