Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer breathed a sigh of relief at Senate Republicans in providing additional assistance in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (July 30)

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WASHINGTON: Discussions on the next stimulus package came to a test on Friday as Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for failing to agree a few hours before the official end of the $ 600 weekly unemployment benefit for Americans.

In two press conferences, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows allowed Democrats to reject a short-term agreement to continue stricter unemployment benefits for one week, and House President Nancy Pelosi rebelled against Republicans and the Trump administration for trying to take a piece of the country’s approach to aiding Americans. mast.

“What we see is as common a policy as the Democrats on Capitol Hill,” Meadows of the White House rostrum said. “Democrats think they have all the cards on their side and they want to play those cards at the expense of those who hurt.”

California-based Pelosi has criticized Republicans for waiting months before trying to adopt another emergency package, noting an increase in coronavirus cases and high unemployment.

“They do not understand the gravity of the situation,” she told Republicans. “We don’t have common values. It’s just that.”

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She argued that an agreement to extend unemployment benefits for one week would only make sense if a larger bill was almost drawn up, noting how long it would take to implement the measure and reach the families. Pelosi also said the Senate, which remained undecided on unemployment, is unlikely to have votes to approve an extension of the $ 600 weekly benefit, which supports state benefits that average about $ 370 a week in the country.

While the back-and-forth attacks show the deal is still a long way off, both Meadows and Pelosi said they plan to meet again to continue negotiations.

Friday’s press conferences will close a week filled with negotiations on another incentive law, talks that didn’t stop as Republicans split over what should be included in the measure and Democrats oppose a smaller bill to keep unemployment short-lived.

On Thursday, Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., for a long meeting at which both sides tried to reach an agreement again until millions saw their unemployment benefits fall sharply.

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Meadows said Democrats received four separate proposals a day, but rejected all of them.

“We’re going in the wrong direction. They’re going in the wrong direction because of guerrilla politics. It’s very disappointing,” Meadows said. “What amazes me is that when it comes to compassion and care for those who really need it, this temporary solution to ensure the survival of unemployment, which has risen, has been rejected more than once, but several times.”

Home Democrats in May. Adopted a version of the next stimulus package, a $ 3 trillion measure that would have extended the $ 600 increase in weekly unemployment benefits until at least January. The proposal was not adopted by the Republican-run Senate.

Democrats, including Pelosi, have taken aid as a measure of unemployment, as separate measures, arguing that Republicans should come to the table for a broader agreement on a number of urgent policy points, including more funding for local and state governments. The House Democrat bill included not only an extension of unemployment, but also another round of $ 1,200 incentive checks and increased funding for state and local governments.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, found it difficult to agree on their demands as the conference remained at odds over what the next stimulus package should include. Some have even expressed doubts about the need for another bill. The chapters remained even after Republicans announced their proposal this week, which includes $ 1,200 in incentive checks, funding for schools and small businesses, and reduced $ 200 a week in unemployment benefits.

Many Republicans have spent weeks seeking $ 600 in unemployment benefits, which, in addition to state claims, are paid to Americans. They argue that this should be a changed or altered incentive to return to work in the hope of starting an economy and forcing closed businesses to transfer redundant workers.

Senate Majority Leader Mick McConnell began the process on Thursday to allow the Senate to take action to combat unemployment, meaning the increased unemployment could be approved by the House early next week, although the House is not currently expected to approve such a proposal.

While unemployment benefits remain a contentious area, both sides have been beheaded over a number of proposals, including Republican demands to protect businesses from coronavir-related lawsuits and democratic demands, for state and local authorities to have more money to compensate their budgets after a pandemic.

However, both sides seemed to be most opposed to the administration’s request for 377 million. USD to modernize the Western wing and more than 1 billion. USD to maintain the new FBI headquarters in Washington

White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany defended the requests on Friday. To address previous coronavir relief bills, had “many other things” unrelated to the pandemic, McEnany demanded FBI funding “we don’t have a red line.”

“It was part of the original bill, but it’s certainly not a red line priority,” she said.

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