2. Trump tries end-around to extend checks
After talks with congressional Democrats flopped, President Trump signed four executive actions that he said would extend unemployment benefits and provide tax relief. But they come with catches, and likely court challenges.
- "I'm taking executive action. We've had it," Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., with members as a rooting section.
- "If we get sued, it's somebody that doesn't want people to get money. OK? And that's not going to be a very popular thing."
The catches: The previous unemployment benefit, which expired Aug. 1, was fully funded by Washington. Trump is asking states to now cover 25% — because it's based on disaster aid, with state contribution. (AP)
- Michele Evermore, an unemployment expert at the National Employment Law Project, told the WashPost that Trump’s action does not funnel additional money to the existing unemployment program, but instead creates a new program for “lost wages” that states will have to set up from scratch.
In a joint response, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called the actions "unworkable, weak and narrow."
- Joe Biden called the measures "half-baked": "A real leader would go back to Washington, call together the leaders of the House and Senate, and negotiate a deal."
Schumer told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" about Republicans: "They don't want to meet halfway. They don't want to meet any way."
- Larry Kudlow, Trump's economic adviser, said: "The president has said we can go back to the negotiating table. We've not said 'no' to that."
🥊CNN's John King: "If you read what he signed, it is not what he says it was. ... You cannot fool people about an unemployment check. They either get it or they don't."