President Trump's Four Executive Actions

(1) Student loan payment relief, (2) assistance to renters and homeowners, (3) deferring payroll tax obligations, (4) assistance for COVID-19.

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Today, President Trump took four executive actions. I hope to dive into each action in detail later. (Only one is actually an executive order, the rest are memoranda). Here are links to each action:

  1. Memorandum on Continued Student Loan Payment Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  2. Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners.
  3. Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.
  4. Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019.


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  1. What, no analysis showing that the Imperial Presidency is perfectly fine (as long as it’s Trump)?

    1. These were just issued. Expect a sea of analysis in the coming days.

      1. Blackman already wrote the piece I predicted he would…

        Here’s his applause paragraph:
        Trump also put Vice President Biden in a tough spot. All of these orders expire in December 2020. Trump said if he is re-elected, he would continue the policies, and forgive some of the loans. What is Biden going to do? He favors the policy, opposes the executive actions, and prefers legislation? Again, law professors love those sorts of arguments. I have been repeating that line for years with respect to DACA. But average people will not be happy with it. Biden is stuck between a rock and a hard basement.

        Tl;dr Trump 2020!

        1. So you like a guy who completely disregards the constitution?

          1. The distance you got on that goalposts toss is awesome enough. But the way you transformed them mid-flight into straw men, that’s beyond impressive.

  2. This is going to be a legal shit show like no other.
    State UI benefits are connected to federal law, and federal law does not authorize the extra $400, so how can this be legally implemented at the state level without new state laws?
    The $100 threshold is a kicker. How difficult will it be for states to reprogram their systems to take that into account?
    Who would have standing to challenge this?

  3. Y’know, I kinda expected the Executive Orders to be 140 characters or less.

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