White House officials offered a short-term extension of the popular unemployment


In late-night negotiations with congressional Democrats on Thursday, White House officials offered a short-term extension of the popular unemployment benefit paying out-of-work Americans $600 per week, a CARES Act provision that formally expires Friday. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected the offer, arguing that Republicans don't understand that the situation requires a solution that is larger in scope.

"We had a long discussion and we just don't think they understand the gravity of the problem," Schumer told reporters after he and Pelosi met with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Pelosi noted that it had been 10 weeks since House Democrats passed a $3 trillion bill in May that would have extended the benefits for those without work at the current level of $600 per week, in addition to their weekly unemployment insurance check. She condemned congressional Republicans and the White House for not coming to the negotiating table earlier.

White House officials offered a short-term extension of the popular unemployment White House officials offered a short-term extension of the popular unemployment Reviewed by Anson Moore on July 31, 2020 Rating: 5

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