White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday that if deadlocked lawmakers cant reach a relief deal to help ailing airline workers, President Donald Trump may step in with executive action.
“If Congress is not going to work, this president is going to get to work and solve some problems,” Meadows said Wednesday at an event hosted by Politico. “Hopefully we can help the airlines and keep some of those employees from being furloughed.”
Meadows said he believed a negotiated deal on a new relief package would be needed to provide aid to airline staff but, failing that, the Trump administration is “looking at other executive actions.”
“If youve got airline workers in your district, whether youre a Democrat or Republican, you need to call the speaker or the leader and let them know that its a priority,” Meadows said, adding, “its all about keeping people in jobs during this V-shaped recovery.”
Talks on a fifth relief bill remain stalled on Capitol Hill amid deep divisions with Democrats. At the White House, Trump suggested that one main holdup is the amount of money Democrats want for cash-strapped states and cities, which he dismissed as “bailouts.”
“They are still rejecting any more relief for anyone unless they get a flood of demands with no real relationship to COVID-19,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), in remarks earlier this month.
All indications are talks will not resume in full until Congress resumes in September, while Trumps executive actions seem to have provided a temporary reprieve, offering $300 in jobless benefits and other aid. In a bid to bolster the economy and reduce tax burdens on American workers amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, Trump signed an executive order this month that defers employee payroll taxes, which he said he would seek to turn into a permanent tax cut if he wins reelection.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said in remarks at Tuesdays Republican National Convention that the Trump administration is looking to introduce more tax cuts to spur investment and create jobs as the country continues its fitful rebound from a deep recession.
“Now, looking ahead, more tax cuts and regulatory rollback will be in store—payroll tax cuts for higher wages, income tax cuts for the middle class, capital gains tax cuts for investment, productivity, and jobs,” Kudlow said.
It comes after American Airlines announced on Tuesday that when pandemic aid to airlines expires in October, the company plans to slash 19,000 jobs. Breaking the somber news in a letter to employees, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom saRead More – Source