August 8, 2020

President Trump announces $400-per-week unemployment payments amid Covid-19 crisis

President Trump announced a $400-per-week supplemental unemployment payment to out-of-work Americans. He also signed a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year for Americans earning less than $100,000.

For the new $400-per-week benefit, states would be on the hook for funding 25% to the millions of jobless Americans, while the federal government would pick up 75 percent of the benefit, Trump said. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tweeted out his support support for President Trump’s executive orders.

“I applaud @realDonaldTrump executive actions to help the American [people],” Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, tweeted. “Democrats all or nothing strategy jeopardizes the certainty Americans need to pay their bills. [President] Trump puts the American [people] first, compared to nonstop political games by Democrats.”

Meanwhile Sen. Lindsey Graham, praised the President for taking “this decisive action but would much prefer a congressional agreement. I believe President Trump would prefer the same.”

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