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Nancy Pelosi: This Is 'Absurdly Unconstitutional' - Page 2

The fight is on over Trump's executive orders
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2020 2:45 PM CDT

  • 'Big show': "The event at the country club is just what Trump does—a big show, but it doesn't do anything," said Sen. Schumer on ABC's This Week. "If the American people look at these executive orders, they'll see that they don't come close to doing the job."
  • State coffers: Pelosi and Schumer hinged their argument on Trump's reduction of weekly federal unemployment benefits from $600 to $400 and his plan to have the states pay the missing 25%, per USA Today. The Democratic lawmakers say state coffers are already about empty. Other Democrats attacked Trump's payroll tax deferment, saying it might drain money out of Social Security and Medicare.
  • The Constitution: It says that Congress (not the president) is empowered to "lay and collect taxes" and "pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and General Welfare of the United States," per Article I, Section 8, Clause 1.
  • 'Not bluffing': Experts say Trump's constitutional end-around would be highly unusual—the first of its kind since at least the late 1960s, per the Sacramento Bee. But "he is not bluffing," says National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow.

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