White House looks at more executive actions as coronavirus-relief talks appear finished

Despite rhetoric, neither party is showing any urgency to compromise


By Erica Werner and Jeff Stein, The Washington Post

September 9, 2020


With the Senate poised to vote Thursday on a slender GOP coronavirus relief bill thatís certain to fail, chances for a bipartisan deal on new economic stimulus look more remote than ever. This impasse has prompted top White House officials to consider a new round of executive actions that they hope could direct funding to certain groups amid fears that the nascent economic recovery could fail to gain momentum.


White House officials have discussed efforts to unilaterally provide support for the flagging airline industry while also bolstering unemployment benefits, according to two people aware of the deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal policy discussions. The White House has also discussed moving without Congress to direct more money for school vouchers and changing President Trumpís recent payroll tax changes to make it more effective.


Typically, such actions require congressional approval...


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