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WASHINGTON – Negotiations for another stimulus package were put to the test on Friday, with Democrats and Republicans blaming the other for failing to reach an agreement just hours before the official end of a $ 600 weekly unemployment benefit for Americans.
At duel press conferences, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked Democrats to reject a short-term agreement to continue strengthening unemployment benefits for a week, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the Republicans and the Trump administration to try for a while after piece. access to assistance to Americans, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise at the national level.
“What we see is politics as usual from the Democrats on the Capitol,” Meadows said from the White House podium. “Democrats believe they have all the cards on their side and are willing to play these cards at the expense of those who are injured.”
Pelosi, D-Calif., Criticized Republicans for the months ahead before trying to adopt another emergency package, noting an increase in coronavirus cases and high unemployment.
“They don’t understand the gravity of the situation,” she told Republicans. “We do not share values. That’s exactly what they are. ”
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She argued that an agreement to extend unemployment benefit for one week would only make sense if an almost larger bill was drafted, noting the time it would take for the measure to pass and for the money to reach families. Pelosi also said the Senate, which remained divided over unemployment, is unlikely to have votes to approve the continuation of the $ 600 weekly benefit, which increases state benefits, which average around $ 370 a week nationwide.
Although the “back and forth” attacks suggest that the agreement is still a long way off, Meadows and Pelosi have said they plan to meet again and continue talks.
Friday’s news conferences are limited to a week full of talks on another stimulus law, talks that have stalled because Republicans are divided over what should be part of the measure, and Democrats remain opposed to a smaller bill to keep unemployment low.
On Thursday, Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Pelosi minority leader and minority senator Chuck Schumer in DN.Y. at a protracted meeting at which the two sides tried once again to reach an agreement before millions see a significant reduction in unemployment benefits.
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Meadows said Democrats received four separate offers throughout the day, but rejected them all.
“We’re going in the wrong direction. They’re going in the wrong direction because of party politics. It’s very disappointing,” Meadows said. “It surprises me that when we talk about compassion and caring for those who really need it, a temporary solution to ensure that unemployment, increased unemployment, has been rejected not once, but several times.”
The Home Democrats approved their version of the future stimulus package in May, a $ 3 trillion measure that would extend weekly unemployment compensation by $ 600 at least until January. The Republican Senate did not use this proposal.
Democrats, including Pelosi, have decided to take unemployment benefits against the stand-alone measure. Arguing that Republicans should come to the table at a greater agreement on many pressing policy items, including more funding for local and state governments. The Home Democrats bill included not only widening unemployment, but also another round of $ 1,200 stimulus controls and increased funding for state and local government.
Senate Republicans, meanwhile, have had difficulty negotiating their demands as the conference remains divided, which should include another stimulus package. Some even expressed doubts about the need for another account. The divisions remained even after Republicans unveiled their own proposal this week, which included $ 1,200 incentive controls, funding for schools and small businesses, and reduced unemployment benefits of $ 200 a week.
Many Republicans have spent weeks railing against the $ 600 unemployment benefit paid to Americans in addition to state claims. They argue that this should be changed or replaced by an incentive to return to work in the hope that the economy will start up and that companies that have closed businesses will employ redundant workers.
Majority Senator Mitch McConnell began the process on Thursday for the Senate to take action that could address unemployment, meaning increased unemployment could be approved by the chamber early next week, although Parliament is not currently expected to approve such a proposal.
While unemployment benefits remain controversial, both sides opposed a number of proposals, including Republican demands to protect companies from coronavirus and democratic litigation, so that state and local governments receive more funding to offset their budgets after a pandemic. .
However, both sides seemed largely at odds with the administration’s request to modernize the Western Wing with $ 377 million, along with more than $ 1 billion to maintain the FBI’s new headquarters in Washington, DC.
White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany defended the requests on Friday. McEnany stressed that previous accounts at the expense of the coronavirus have “many other things” that are not related to the pandemic, but insisted that FBI funding “is not a red line for us.”
“It was part of the original bill, but it’s certainly not a red line priority,” she said.
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