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Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear and equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump’s plan to bypass Congress, will sign on and pay $100 out of the $400 weekly benefit for each jobless American, Matthew Barakat wrote for the Associated Press (AP) on August 10, 2020.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, called the plan “an impossibility” and added: “I don’t know if the president is genuine in thinking the executive order is a resolution or if this is just a tactic in the negotiation… But this is irreconcilable for the state. And I expect this is just a chapter in the book of Washington COVID mismanagement.”

In Connecticut, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the plan would cost his state $500 million to provide that benefit for the rest of the year, and called Trump’s plan “not a good idea.”

Kevin Hensil, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, said “reducing the benefit by a third will make it harder for families to get by and it places a larger financial burden on states.” He said state officials are studying the impact of the cuts.

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