Trump signs orders to extend certain COVID-19 relief

Added On August 9, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a series of executive orders to extend certain COVID-19 economic relief after negotiations between Republican and Democratic lawmakers fell apart.

Trump signed four executive orders on Saturday. One of these orders will extend extra unemployment benefits through the end of the year at a reduced level of 400 U.S. dollars per week, instead of the 600 dollars approved by Congress in late March, which expired at the end of July.   
The other orders will reinstate the federal moratorium on evictions, defer student loan payments through 2020, and defer certain payroll tax obligations.   
According to U.S. media, Trump's orders will likely face a legal challenge, as Congress has the constitutional authority to determine federal funding.
Earlier, Democrats offered to cut their 3.4-trillion-dollar relief proposal by 1 trillion dollars if Republicans would agree to increase their roughly 1-trillion-dollar package by the same amount.
However, the two sides failed to reach an agreement.