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'
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White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE said Sunday that the coronavirus relief-related executive orders signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards 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.


Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseChamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection Ben Sasse is mistaken with idea for the election of senators in America Big Ten football to return in October MORE (R-Neb.) called the theory behind the orders "constitutional slop" while Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOn The Trail: How Nancy Pelosi could improbably become president History is on Edward Snowden's side: Now it's time to give him a full pardon Trump says he's considering Snowden pardon 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 SchumerRepublican senator says plans to confirm justice before election 'completely consistent with the precedent' Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral Graham signals support for confirming a Supreme Court nominee this year 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."