The White House is reportedly considering “unilateral” action to get coronavirus relief to Americans after attempts by Congress have continuously stalled.
According to The Daily Wire:
Monday morning, a White House official told Fox News that, while the president is hopeful that Congressional negotiations may continue, the administration is preparing for exigent circumstances.
“As the negotiations continue to progress as a snail’s pace, the administration is considering a number of options that might be available without congressional legislative action,” the unnamed official told Fox.
It’s not clear, though, as Fox News notes, what the administration could do without Congressional approval. It is unlikely that the White House could move to extend the federal supplemental unemployment benefit on its own, and while executive orders have a significant reach, President Trump cannot force either party to the bargaining table.
In the interim, the White House is suggesting that Trump supporters put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to ink a plan, even if it involves giving way on the $1 trillion spending cap McConnell put in place last week ahead of bargaining. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows seemed to tell Fox News that the Trump administration is more open to extending the full $600-per-week benefit than the president’s congressional allies.
The crux of the argument between Republicans and Democrats is the amount of the supplemental unemployment benefits unemployed Americans will receive.
Democrats reportedly won’t budge from their demand that the supplement must be $600 per week.
TELL US IN THE COMMENTS whether you think Americans should receive $600/weekly and if not, what amount is an acceptable supplement from the federal government?