Enhanced jobless benefits expired overnight: Here's where Congress' negotiations stand
Talks will continue this morning with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set to host a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at 9 a.m. ET in the Speaker's office with the lead negotiators for the Trump administration, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to an aide and a source familiar with the plans for the meeting.
There has been major disagreement, however, between Democrats and Republicans over how to deal with the program's expiration. A House bill put forward by Democrats as their opening offer in the talks would extend the $600 enhanced benefit through January. In contrast, Republicans, in a plan unveiled at the beginning of the week, proposed cutting the weekly payment to $200 until states implement a system that replaces roughly 70% of laid-off workers wages.
The White House has also offered a shorter-term extension of the federal unemployment benefit, but it was rejected by Democrats who have argued any deal should be broader and include stimulus money for state and local governments, testing funding and more money for small business programs.
Republicans have argued that the existing system risks incentivizing some Americans not to go back to work by paying them more than they would at their prior jobs, while Democrats have argued that the benefits should be left intact. At this point, there has been little progress toward any kind of deal to reinstate the benefit, but there has been plenty of finger pointing on both sides with both blaming ...
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