Why Trump’s New Executive Orders on COVID-19 Relief Payments Won’t Help Americans Much

President Donald Trump’s executive orders to extend unemployment benefits and defer payroll taxes (that pay for Social Security and Medicare) won’t help unemployed Americans much, reports Democracy Now:

Democrats had hoped to extend a program to give unemployed workers an additional $600 in weekly benefits and to extend a federal moratorium protecting some renters from evictions…

Under Trump’s order, unemployed workers would continue receiving an additional $400 a week, but only once states put up a quarter of the money and set up a new system to distribute the payments — a process that could take months.

Trump also signed an executive order on evictions that does not extend the federal moratorium on evictions, and ordered a deferral of payroll taxes that will still need to be paid back next year, after the election.

(Source: Democracy Now)

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