Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) indicated that she would legally challenge Donald Trump’s executive orders bypassing legislative coronavirus relief.
This week, Nancy Pelosi’s fury seems to have subsided, and Democrat leaders appear to be unwilling to lead the charge against Trump’s popular executive actions.
The Hill reported:
President Trump and Democratic leaders both predict there will be lawsuits over this weekend’s executive orders sidestepping Congress on issues like payroll taxes and unemployment benefits, but congressional Democrats are unlikely to lead that charge.
Democratic lawmakers aren’t rushing to court and will likely let state officials or private parties spearhead the legal challenges that could take months or even a year to resolve.
Among their chief concerns: the optics.
Donald Trump’s orders accomplished much of what both Democrats and Republicans prioritized in their proposed deals, but without any of the fluff that was causing negotiations to break down. The orders included a long-sought-after payroll tax cut, an eviction moratorium along with student loan and unemployment relief.
Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues know they can’t argue that all four of those measures are desperately needed, so their initial strategy was to attack the practicality of implementing the orders — quite an amusing reversal from normal Democrat operations.
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the orders “are expected to face legal challenges from Democrats that could blunt their impact,” but Democrat legislators have already lost steam because it’s difficult to challenge orders that will directly benefit most of the US population.
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was asked by reporters on Monday if Democrats intend to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the orders.
Schumer’s deflection is very telling. “The bottom line is the executive orders — I agree with [GOP Rep. Ben Sasse (R-NE)] that they’re unconstitutional slop,” Schumer responded. “But the bottom line is even if they’re here, they’re not going to do what’s needed or come even close.”
After releasing a statement condemning the orders last week, Nancy Pelosi is now refusing to comment on Democrat plans to challenge the order.