President Trump’s executive action on coronavirus relief should be "helpful" to working Americans, if it is allowed to go into effect, former Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart told FOX Business’ “Mornings with Maria” Monday.
“I think the $400 if it's actually delivered, will be helpful in lieu of a $600 weekly payment,” he said. “Obviously, [there is] some question about whether it's constitutional, whether it's usurping the role of Congress and the $100 supposed to come from the states seems to be in question ... But if we had to stick with the executive orders and if they're legal, that would be at least a step in the right direction.”
Lockhart raised the possibility that Trump’s push will be a “spur to action” for Congress, compelling them to complete stimulus legislation within the next week.
The most important action Congress should focus on fulfilling, he said, is getting money into the pockets of Americans who need it most.
“If we don't have relief that meets their needs, then that's going to certainly redound to difficulty in terms of consumption,” he said. “And you're going to have a lot of Americans who are really in fairly dire straits. So I think it's a choice between a couple of very adverse scenarios. One is fiscal and the other is general economic ... But the immediate problem is to help these Americans through this period. And I think you need to have stimulus or relief.”