Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued executive orders to revive an expired unemployment benefit and defer some payroll taxes, contending he must act because lawmakers have failed to agree on a new coronavirus relief package.

But the weekly unemployment benefit of up to $400 falls short of the $600 those out of work had been receiving, and the employee payroll tax deferral is subject to being paid back.

Democrats dismissed Trump’s orders as falling short of what people need in the face of the pandemic and economic crisis.

His presidential rival, Joe Biden, is accusing Trump of putting Social Security as risk with “half-baked” measures.