Senate Adjourns After Failing to Agree Extension of Expiring Jobless Benefits

Senate Adjourns After Failing to Agree Extension of Expiring Jobless Benefits”

'We want a temporary extension of expanded unemployment benefits, ' he said during a Thursday briefing at the White House.

Meadows, after leaving Pelosi's office Thursday night, said their proposals "were not received warmly" and discussions would pick back up on Friday.

"What we're seeing is politics as usual from Democrats up on Capitol Hill", Meadows said.

The White House blasted Democrats for rejecting a one-week extension of the $600 per week unemployment provisions to give Americans relief as they try to hammer out a deal. "What are we going to do in a week?" she asked.

'I think they understand that we have to have a bill, but they just don't realize how big it has to be, ' she said.

Meanwhile, the loss of the unemployment benefits will strike a financial blow to the tens of millions of Americans who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Both sides of the aisle agree funding is needed, but can't agree on how to move forward.

"The Democrats are playing for November 3, and we're playing for the good of the people". Will we continue to discuss? Yes. "Absolutely", Schumer said. "But it's got to meet the gravity of the problem".

Before talks broke down late Thursday, lawmakers on both sides unsuccessfully attempted to pass their own proposals to extend the benefit and other measures.

Republicans also have had to contend with bipartisan blowback from a number of extraneous, White House-requested spending measures unrelated to the pandemic - $1.8 billion for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters and $377 million for long-sought West Wing renovations.

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The talks stalled amid news the US economy suffered its worst drop in history in the second quarter of 2020 - shrinking by 33 per cent in the April-June quarter.

On Monday, Senate Republicans unveiled their stimulus plans.

"We are working around the clock to see if we can reach an agreement that's good for the American people", Mnuchin said. 'Like the payments sent directly to 160 million Americans earlier this year, which was a tremendously successful program'.

Republicans in the Senate had been fighting to trim back the $600 jobless benefit in the next coronavirus package, but their resolve weakened as the expiration of the popular benefit neared - and as Trump undercut their position by signaling he wants to keep the full $600 benefit for now.

Economic analyses have repeatedly shown that the boosted federal benefits have helped prop up other parts of the economy - and a cut would cost the US millions of jobs. "The Democrats are saying, 'My way or the highway'".

McConnell has made clear that liability protection is a must-have in any new legislation, but Democrats are not on board and want stronger protections for workers. 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.

The Senate adjourned and left town for the weekend but McConnell put a legislative procedure in place that would allow a vote on a compromise package next week.

McConnell has tried to push the blame to the opposition.

"And so you have no synergy between the Republican president and the Republican Senate, and they are locked into indecision", he said. 'The Democrats are saying, my way or the highway'.

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