August 21, 2020
President Releases COVID-19 Relief Orders: What Does This Mean for the Next Package?
Last week, the Trump Administration released a series of Executive Orders (EOs) to provide support during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The EOs include delaying payroll tax obligations and providing an additional $400 in weekly state unemployment benefits, as the additional $600 provided under the CARES Act has expired. Many political pundits have viewed these actions as a response to the stalled Congressional negotiations over another COVID-19 relief package. Congressional action may still be necessary, as some EOs require that funds be allocated—something the President alone may not have the power to do. On a recent stakeholder call, the AHA reported that although congressmembers have returned to their districts to campaign, they may be called back to the Capitol to vote if a legislative deal is reached.
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