Governor reacts cautiously to Trump $400 unemployment plan

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has issued her initial reaction to the new executive orders signed by President Trump, treading cautiously and pointing out that the executive orders may not hold.

President Trump signed four executive orders Saturday including a $400-per-week supplemental unemployment payment to out-of-work Americans — short of the $600 weekly benefit that expired at the end of July.

The President also unveiled an extension of student loan relief and protections from evictions for renters and homeowners as well as a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year to Americans earning less than $100,000, while promising more relief if he wins a second term.

However, the President’s orders have come under fire, with some saying that it’s illegal and even unconstitutional because the orders are encroaching upon the tax and spending powers of Congress.

“At this point, it seems that the President may face strong legal action against his EOs as some believe that his steps represent an overreach of executive authority. For that reason, we can’t clearly anticipate what policies may actually be in effect and when,” the governor said.

In general, the governor said Trump’s payroll tax cuts seem targeted against Medicare and social security, placing more cash in the hands of working people, which she said she supports.

“We will also be working to gain further clarity on the President’s new initiative to pay the unemployed $400 a week on a cost-share basis, its applicability to the territories, and the potential cost to Guam. I ask everyone to keep in mind that the President’s actions are only hours old and the impact of them may not be fully understood until agency guidelines are published,” the governor said.

“As we learn more, we will share that information with you,” she added.