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Trump's executive orders spark confusion; Democrats assail them as 'unworkable'

Democrats pounced on the confusion from Trump's executive directives, arguing that the White House should resume negotiations on a broader relief package. Foto: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's new executive actions to disburse coronavirus relief without Congress sparked confusion and frustration Sunday among businesses, Democrats and state officials, some of whom lamented the moves would not deliver the necessary relief to cash-strapped Americans.

Trump's directives were aimed at offering new unemployment benefits, protecting renters from eviction and postponing the payment of a federal tax. But an array of economists and lawmakers depicted these policies as incomplete, unworkable or legally questionable - raising the prospect that the president's attempt to boost the economy may have a muted impact...

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