Trump appears anxious about the expiration of the $600 unemployment benefit boost as well as an expiring federal eviction moratorium on millions of rental units, potentially sending households into devastating turmoil.
Republicans blamed Democrats for delays, with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows telling reporters that Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected four different offers to continue the eviction protection and enhanced unemployment benefits that expired July 31. Senate Republicans are considering reducing the weekly federal benefit to $200, or establishing a system where unemployment benefits would replace two-thirds of a worker's salary.
The White House quickly abandoned it and began pushing for a short-term fix for the unemployment benefits, perhaps packaged with a few other provisions.
"Let's get real about who says what", Pelosi said.
The top Democrats in Congress are "not close yet" on reaching a deal with the White House to pump more money into the US economy to ease the coronavirus' heavy toll, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Saturday, after an essential lifeline for millions of unemployed Americans expired. She added that Republicans are "making up things that they say they're offering and the rest".
The Democrats were more negative in their assessment of the meeting, with Pelosi describing the GOP goal of a short-term extension of unemployment assistance as "worthless" unless the parties were working on something bigger.
For unemployed teacher Katie Krupp of Springfield, Ohio, the $600 that the federal government temporarily added to state unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic has been a lifeline that allowed her to pay her mortgage and other bills after her job was eliminated.
"We can have the debate on unemployment insurance. And as of now they've repeated they don't want to do that".
The coronavirus crisis has made tens of millions of Americans unemployed, and they have been relying on the $600 payments to cover their bills. House Democrats, meanwhile, voted back in May to extend the $600 weekly benefit until the end of the year.
The plan, endorsed by endangered Senate Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Martha McSally of Arizona, would also give states $2 billion to update their unemployment systems, which have been swamped during the Covid-19 pandemic and are often using outdated computers. While that was a move toward Democrats' demands, the source said they rejected it as insufficient. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Indiana's Mike Braun, saying the effort was merely a cynical political stunt after the majority dithered for months.
Passage of any measure would require 60 votes under Senate rules and the Republicans have only 53. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". "If we don't help prop it up, people are going to be in deep, deep distress, and so many people are now", Mr.
The debate comes amid grim economic news. Yesterday, the Commerce Department said the GDP shrunk 33% last quarter, the worst drop in history. A separate report on Thursday showed the number of Americans filing initial claims for unemployment benefits increased for a second straight week.
While the House bill approved $3 trillion in aid, including a full extension of the $600-per-week benefit and $1 trillion to help cash-strapped cities and states, the Republicans proposed a $1 trillion plan that provides no new funds to local governments.
His plan quickly stalled after conservative Republican senators complained about its $1 trillion price tag and Democrats - plus some Republicans - criticized the package for containing non-COVID matters, such as funding for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters. Sign up to receive the day's most important political stories from Washington and beyond. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.