The Fight over COVID Relief Reveals the Brokenness of Our Political System

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Congress won’t act. The executive can’t address the problem by itself, but tries anyway.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A t the end of July, Congress and the White House smashed headlong into a hard deadline. Expanded unemployment benefits, as well as an eviction moratorium, expired, as policymakers had not agreed on a bill to continue them.

Two weeks later, there’s still no agreement. Congress is deadlocked; Republicans and Democrats agree that relief should continue, but they disagree about how much is needed and what the overall package should look like. Meanwhile, the president is trying to handle things himself through executive actions — actions that stretch the limits of his power and yet fall short of actually solving the problem.

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