"I told Steve just today, we're not doing anything unless we get a payroll tax cut," Trump said during a Fox News town hall Sunday night, referring to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Economists have noted that a payroll tax cut—unlike additional direct payments, which Trump has opposed—would do nothing for those who have been thrown out of work by the coronavirus crisis.
Additionally, advocacy groups have warned that a payroll tax cut represents a threat to Social Security and Medicare.
"'Payroll tax cut' is code for 'gut Social Security and Medicare's dedicated funding, then demand benefit cuts,'" Social Security Works tweeted Sunday night.
As far as I can tell, Rs now have 2 redline demands — payroll tax cut and liability shield https://t.co/L3eyd7dG08 — Jeffrey Stein (@JStein_WaPo) May 4, 2020.
Postal Service, expands Medicare to cover the unemployed and uninsured, cancels rent and mortgage payments, and more.
"If the bill doesn't put people first, they should vote no," the group tweeted Saturday. »