As lawmakers continue to hash out the details of another coronavirus relief package, President Donald Trump is mulling taking executive action of his own in order to help Americans, Fox Business reports.
To help protect Americans facing evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, the president said he would consider taking executive action to prevent people from being kicked out of their homes. He also told reporters he would consider suspending payroll taxes, something he would like to see in the next stimulus package.
“A lot of people are going to be evicted, but I’m going to stop it because I’ll do it myself if I have to,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. “I have a lot of powers with respect to executive orders, and we’re looking at that very seriously right now.”
A moratorium on evictions that was put in place under the CARES Act expired last month. The provision protected about 12 million renters living in federally-backed properties, according to Fox Business.
According to an analysis by the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, up to 23 million renters, or about 20% of the 110 million renters in the country, are at risk of eviction by Sept. 30.
Trump pointed out that people who are evicted from their homes often wind up in homeless shelters where they could become at higher risk of getting coronavirus.
“They’re thrown out viciously," Trump told reporters. "It's not their fault."
In addition to the eviction ban expiring, so did the extra $600 in unemployment benefits awarded to people out of work under the CARES Act. According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, 24 million Americans report they have little to no chance of being able to pay their rent next month.
In addition to helping people stay in their homes, Trump said he would consider acting to lower payroll taxes.
It is a savings measure he has pushed to help business owners, but one that has not gained any traction from lawmakers of either party.
“I can do that also through executive order, so we’ll be talking about that,” Trump said.
Trump’s plan to take action from the executive office comes as lawmakers are divided on what the terms of the next relief package will look like.
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