USA coronavirus bill unemployment relief runs out today

  • USA coronavirus bill unemployment relief runs out today

USA coronavirus bill unemployment relief runs out today

The White House on Friday sought to put the onus on Democrats in Congress for a failure to renew the benefits, saying they had rejected four offers put forward by the Trump administration without countering.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows made an offer to extend enhanced unemployment at $600 per week for four months as a stand-alone bill, Politico reported, but House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) rejected the offer, pushing instead to extend the $600 per week benefit through the first quarter of 2021.

"We just don't think they understand the gravity of the problem", Schumer said of the Republican negotiators.

"I think Mark Meadows is not particularly helpful in this", he said. "On certain issues, we made progress; on certain issues, we're still very far apart", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters. "What are we going to do in a week?" she asked.

Both administration officials and the two top congressional Democrats are expected to resume negotiations Friday by phone with a possible in-person meeting over the weekend.

"The Democrats are playing for November 3, and we're playing for the good of the people".

All the players say they want an agreement but none have - yet - been willing to compromise on key points, such as the amount to extend the unemployment benefits, for how long, and additional funding for cities and states whose budgets took a hit during the pandemic.

McConnell, R-Ky., already broke with the White House when he said he opposed the Trump administration's $1.75 billion request to fund a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in the COVID-19 package.

The US economy shrank at a 32.9% annual rate between April and June - the sharpest decline for decades.

He urged Democrats to come to the table after Senate Republicans failed to come together on consensus. Krupp says she fears losing her home and many of her possessions with expiration of the weekly relief payments that were granted in the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 'Like the payments sent directly to 160 million Americans earlier this year, which was a tremendously successful program'.

There is still significant disagreement between Republicans and Democrats about what kind of aid, and how much, should be provided to Americans as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the economy, causing more than a million people to file new unemployment claims every week.

But Democrats blocked the legislation, saying it was not enough.

GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Martha McSally of Arizona and Mitt Romney of Utah also rolled out a slightly different offer on Thursday. Rob Portman noted that a University of Chicago study indicated that 68 percent of people on unemployment insurance were making more than they did on the job because of the extra federal money, and said the House-passed bill would cost $3.5 trillion, making it "the most expensive piece of legislation ever passed by either body any time in our history by far", and includes numerous policy changes unrelated to the coronavirus.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., attempted to cut the unemployment benefit in a measure separate from the larger package being negotiated for the next phase of coronavirus relief on Thursday, but Democrats balked at both the cut and the piecemeal approach.

McConnell has tried to push the blame to the opposition.

For weeks, McConnell has said that any deal with Democrats would require a shield for companies and schools from liability lawsuits as they reopen during the pandemic.