Trump, on the other hand, accused Democrats of filling their COVID-19 relief bill with priorities unrelated to the virus.
His orders would also stop evictions from rental housing that has federal financial backing and extend zero percent interest on federally financed student loans. It's unclear what the economic impact of his actions will be, and his orders do not address several areas that have been part of the congressional negotiations, including funding for schools and state and local governments.
Mr Trump said the measures would provide up to $400 (£306) per week in supplemental unemployment benefits to tens of millions of jobless Americans. Payroll Taxes include Social Security and Medicare, which are both programs Trump has wanted to slash in the past.
Trump said the employee portion of the payroll tax would be deferred from August 1 through the end of the year.
Pushback from lawmakers was swift, and mounted over the weekend. "Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through their members of Congress". Trump said if he is reelected, he would look into making this tax cut permanent.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow responded to Sasse's comments about the payroll tax deferral on ABC's This Week. "We should have been able to do it very easily with them, but they want all these additional things that have nothing to do with helping people". Economists, though, say the benefits provide an important economic stimulus and note that, with the nation's unemployment rate at 10.2%, most unemployed don't have jobs to return to. "Our counsel's office, the Treasury Department believes it has the authority to temporarily suspend tax collections". He said in a statement, "Struggling Americans need action now". He warned against potential challengers.
He spoke to reporters on Saturday at his New Jersey golf club, in a room that featured a crowd of cheering supporters. Something's wrong. Either the president doesn't know what he's talking about.
(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday called President Donald Trump's executive actions on coronavirus relief "absurdly unconstitutional". "Since Democrats have sabotaged backroom talks with absurd demands that would not help working people, I support President Trump exploring his options to get unemployment benefits and other relief to the people who need them the most".
When asked at a press briefing what would happen if states did not cover their portion, the president said "if they don't, they don't", adding that "they have the money".
Several GOP lawmakers, including Sens.
Democratic leaders also called for a return to negotiations, saying the president's measures fall short.
Mrs Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed the president's actions as "meagre", saying they were "unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements" in the face of the economic and health crises.
They said the measures will cut families' unemployment benefits from the recently expired $600-a-week benefits, exacerbate states' budget crises, and endanger seniors' Social Security and Medicare.
Both sides said they remained open to further negotiations.
Almost two weeks of talks between White House officials and congressional Democrats ended on Friday with the two sides still about $2 trillion apart.
Democrats had pushed for a massive new $3 trillion stimulus package aimed at propping up the economy, repairing the tattered postal system in time for the presidential election, and giving the unemployed an extra $600 a week.
"That's up to them", the president said.