President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of using executive orders to suspend evictions and freeze the collection of payroll taxes, as Democrats and Republicans reported slow progress in their negotiations over another big coronavirus aid package.
“I don’t want people to be evicted,” Trump said, while speaking at a news conference on Monday evening. He said it’s “not their fault” that “they’re thrown out viciously.”
“They oftentimes will go to a shelter with tremendous numbers of other people, and the virus will spread, and we don’t want that.”
He added that he could suspend the collection of payroll taxes through executive order.
“So we’ll be talking about that, but we’re having a very good discussion with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer,” the president said, referring to the top Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate.
While March’s $2 trillion CARES Act established a temporary moratorium on evictions for