Trump gives Missouri Gov. Parson 'complete and total endorsement'

Gov. Mike Parson will face Missouri's democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway in the Nov. 3 election.

Sam Masterson
August 11, 2020 - 9:50 am
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(KMOX) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's campaign is getting a key endorsement, from President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted his "full endorsement" of Parson's bid for a full term in office, as well as congratulating Parson on his primary win. 

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Meanwhile, Parson stated Monday that "it's a little premature" to determine how Missouri would follow Trump's executive order on extending unemployment benefits. Trump asked states to cover a quarter of the $400 per-person, per-week unemployment aid.

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On Saturday, the president signed executive orders extending federal coronavirus aid, at a time when lawmakers remain at an impasse over the details of a second stimulus package.

Trump’s new orders extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes, and offer federal eviction and student loan relief.

The extension of unemployment benefits comes after the July 31 expiration of those authorized under March’s CARES Act. Under Trump’s order, they will be issued at a reduced rate of $400 per week, rather than the original $600.

One of the orders offers a payroll tax holiday until the end of the year for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year.

The two other executive orders relate to eviction protections and student loan relief.

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