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Kudlow acknowledges executive orders may end up in court: 'We're going to go ahead with our actions anyways'

Kudlow acknowledges executive orders may end up in court: 'We're going to go ahead with our actions anyways'
© Greg Nash

White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE said Sunday that the coronavirus relief-related executive orders signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE over the weekend may end up in court, but the administration is "going to go ahead with our actions anyway."

"Our counsel's office, the Treasury Department believes it has the authority to temporarily suspend tax collections. So we're banking on that. We've had also a repurposing of funds. ... That was decided in our favor in the Supreme Court case regarding the Mexican wall a while back. So we think we can do it," he said on ABC's "This Week."

A number of lawmakers, including several Republicans, have questioned the legality of the orders signed by Trump Saturday evening. One order extends the now-expired enhanced unemployment benefit until the end of the year but lowers it from $600 to $400, another defers payroll tax payments, a third defers student loan payments and a final order aims to prevent evictions while not actually extending a full moratorium.

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Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseTrump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism The Memo: Trump election loss roils right Whoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' MORE (R-Neb.) called the theory behind the orders "constitutional slop" while Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashIncoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing 'Democrat tyrannical control' Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Romney congratulates Biden after victory MORE (L-Mich.), a libertarian who left the Republican caucus last year, compared the president’s actions to those of a “king.”

Other Republican lawmakers avoided criticizing the president, but said they would rather see congressional action on coronavirus relief.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: COVID-19 relief will be added to omnibus spending package Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden MORE (D-N.Y.), appearing on "This Week" ahead of Kudlow, declined to comment on the legality of the orders but said they don't "do the job."