GOP lawmakers are speaking out against fellow Republican President Donald Trump and his newly issued executive orders. On Saturday, Trump signed orders that extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes, and offer federal eviction and student loan relief.
Senate Judiciary Committee head Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated, “I appreciate the President taking this decisive action but would much prefer a congressional agreement. I believe President Trump would prefer the same.”
While Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said in a statement issued by email. “The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop. President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law.”
From The Hill:
During the Obama administration, conservatives often criticized the president’s use of executive actions on issues that were stuck in Congress such as immigration reform.
Trump’s orders came after pressure on the White House and Senate GOP to strike a deal with congressional Democratic leadership mounted this week, with negotiators racing to meet a self-imposed deadline of Friday. However, they were unable to agree on a proposal as the programs established by the CARES Act in March expired.
Rep. Justin Amash a Michigan libertarian who left the Republican Party last year, compared the president’s actions to those of a “king.” “Our Constitution doesn’t authorize the president to act as king whenever Congress doesn’t legislate,”
Meanwhile Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on “Fox News Sunday,”“What the president did is unconstitutional slop,” adding the orders, rather than effectively getting more money to the unemployed and halting evictions, “are illusions.”
She also announced, “What the president does doesn’t even accomplish anything he sets out to do in the categories he did, but we said to [Republicans], we’ll come down a trillion [dollars], you come up a trillion [dollars], and we’ll be able to have an agreement that meets the needs of the American people.”
Plus expressed, “We have to reach an agreement. Children are food insecure. Families are at the risk of being evicted. The virus is moving like a freight train. The kindest thing I could say is he doesn’t know what he’s talking about or something’s wrong there — something’s very, very wrong.”
When asked whether or not he was concerned about legal action being taken against the move, Trump said, “I mean, everything you do, you get sued. So we’ll see. Yeah, probably we get sued, but people feel that we can do it.”