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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 TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts 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 SasseToomey warns GOP colleagues to stay away from earmarks Bipartisan lawmakers signal support for Biden cybersecurity picks To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision MORE (R-Neb.) called the theory behind the orders "constitutional slop" while Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote 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 SchumerHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' 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."