The White House defended on Monday the new aid package for those affected by the pandemic COVID-19 through executive decrees, while fearing that with the opening of schools the contagion among the younger ones will increase, which in the last weeks increased 40% .
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany assured at a news conference that US President Donald Trump is “fed up with political games” and that is why he decided to act this weekend with the announcement of several executive orders that extend unemployment aid, eviction moratoriums and tax incentives.
McEnany assured that the measures announced on Saturday are “fully within the executive capacity of the president” and demonstrate the inability of Democrats in Congress to reach agreements on a second aid package for those who lost their jobs because of the new coronavirus.
More than 5 million people in the United States have contracted COVID-19 and more than 163,000 have died from the disease, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
These figures make the United States the country most affected by the pandemic, with some 30 million people dependent on unemployment insurance and a similar number at risk of losing their homes.
States like Texas, Florida and California continue to see an increase in infections, while 33 of the 50 states saw a decrease in cases, as measures of social distance and the use of masks have been reintroduced in many places in public places it has spread.
Trump announced this weekend that he will give $ 400 a week to those who until the end of July received $ 600 a week in addition to unemployment insurance, thanks to the first stimulus package agreed by Congress.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has denied that Trump could impose executive aid plans that would oblige states to finance a portion with resources already granted by the federal government to deal with the pandemic.
McEnany said today that the president can resort to measures during disasters to expand unemployment insurance, as long as states request it and taking into account that 25% of that millionaire aid must be provided by the state, most of which have trouble coping. with falling tax revenues.
With that, Trump created a new confrontation between the states and the central government at an extremely complicated time, when governors want to keep outbreaks of COVID-19 to a minimum to start the school reopening with the best guarantees.
The Legislature remains divided over a new aid plan, although today Finance Secretary Steven Mnuchin is confident that a “fair deal” will be reached and justified that Trump acted on his own, since on Friday the negotiations with Congress “were not going anywhere”.
Trump said on Twitter on Monday that after his decision, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer and House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi “now want to come to terms” while criticizing that only they want money for Democratic-run states and cities.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Meanwhile, most states in the country are preparing to restart the school year, many of them in a model that includes face-to-face parties and continues to worry parents and teachers.
Both groups fear that returning to classrooms, even if staggered and wearing masks, will cause an increase in infections, as happened in some of the first schools opened in August.
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics released today shows that in the last two weeks of July, cases of COVID-19 among children (mostly underage, but including people aged 18 to 24 in some states) have skyrocketed by 40%, with 97,000 new cases. infections.
Despite the fact that young people have a lower mortality and hospitalization rate, experts fear that these numbers will continue to rise in August and accelerate infections in September, placing teachers and students in classrooms, often with insufficient ventilation. for long periods.