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President Donald Trump opened the door on Sunday to allowing some unemployed Americans to get enhanced unemployment benefits even if the states in which they live won't pay part of the costs, a retreat from his executive order mandating states to pay $100 out of the $400 that the White House said it would provide to the jobless, Kevin Bohn, Jeremy Diamond and Paul LeBlanc wrote for CNN on August 10, 2020.

Several experts told CNN there are major questions about how many states may be able to afford the extra cost. If a state says that it does not have the funds or does not want to enter into the agreement with the federal government, the unemployed people in that state would receive zero dollars in the extra benefits (they would still receive the normal state unemployment insurance.) Also, because Congress has not authorized an extension of extra federal unemployment assistance, the state will have to set up an entirely new system to deliver the additional aid, which could take months.

Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized Trump's executive actions as "meager" and accused the President of not grasping the severity of the current crisis. "We're disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans' problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors' Social Security and Medicare," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said in a statement Saturday, "The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop." He added: "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. Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through their members of Congress."

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