Congress went home without coming up with any more aid for those impacted by he coronavirus pandemic, so President Trump issued a series of executive orders.
In one he unilaterally called for continuing to provide federal payments to those unemployed due to the pandemic — not the previous $600 a week, but $400 a week with $300 coming from the federal coffers and $100 from the states.
In another Trump calls for extending the expired moratorium on evictions of those who can’t pay rent because they are out of work due the virus.
In still another he calls for deferring payroll tax, tough the unemployed aren’t paying payroll taxes.
He also ordered the continued deferral of student loan collections.
Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska had a retort for this Saturday night:
The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop. President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law. Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through their members of Congress.