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Trump Considering Action on Stimulus as Congress Deadlocks
USAgNet - 08/04/2020

With Congressional negotiations on the second stimulus package stalled, the Trump Administration may be taking matters into its own hands.

Forbes reports that the White House is exploring its options for unilateral action to address issues that can't wait until the next stimulus package gets into shape. According to a report by the Washington Post, the White House is looking to take action to extend enhanced unemployment benefits and and the moratorium on evictions.

Congress is entering its second week of negotiations on what should be included in the second stimulus package. Talks seem to have reached deadlock as Democrats and Republicans contest the most important details in the package, including enhanced unemployment benefits.

Pressure to finalize a deal is mounting. Congress is still planning to adjourn for a month-long recess on Aug. 7. The extra federal unemployment benefits and the federal eviction moratorium, which protected an estimated 12 million renters from eviction for four months, expired at the end of July.

According to the Washington Post report, the Trump administration is looking at "unilateral action," or wielding executive powers to bypass Congress and write something into law to mitigate economic damage from the coronavirus crisis.

It's still unclear when the second stimulus package could pass Congress and be signed into law. Democrats and Republicans remain divided over numerous issues, including Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which has led talks to a deadlock.

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