Americans around the nation are wondering when a new economic stimulus package that includes $1,200 stimulus checks, more funding for unemployment benefits, and a provision to stem the pending eviction crisis will be passed.
Over 16 million Americans are still unemployed, with over 30 million collecting jobless benefits. The coronavirus’s continued spread, combined with the Trump administration’s lackluster response to the pandemic, has many doubting whether they’ll be able to find a job quickly.
On August 8, President Trump issued an executive order and accompanying memoranda due to failed negotiations with Congress for a new stimulus package. At first glance, his executive actions appeared to be able to serve as a bridge until a more robust package could be agreed upon and passed. However, further analysis has shown that the measures fall short and that they may overreach the president’s executive powers.
White House and Congress negotiators agree that