President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to authorize him to release $300 billion in coronavirus relief funds directly to the American people.
Trump made the announcement during a Friday press conference, saying the money is sitting in an account “we didn’t use.” Trump has taken several executive actions in recent weeks to secure coronavirus relief without the approval of Congress, including banning evictions and securing a payroll tax cut.
“I’d like to use it without their permission, but I guess I’m not allowed to do that,” Trump said. “All they have to do is say use it and 300 billion dollars immediately gets put in our system.”
When a reporter asked whether he had ruled out providing the aid through executive order, Trump said there are “some theories” that he has the authority but he says he would prefer to get congressional approval.
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