Congress is set to leave for the weekend without reaching an agreement on enhanced federal unemployment benefits, leaving millions of Americans without aid.
The deadlock could not come at a worse time. Unemployment claims have started to rise again and the US economy has experienced the worst quarterly contract on record. And there is no end to the coronovirus, which has so far claimed 150,000 American lives.
The Trump administration remains on a boost with both its own party members and Democratic leadership, so that federal unemployment benefits increase. The March Care Act provided an additional $ 600 weekly benefit expiring on Friday. Democrats are pushing for a full $ 600 to go into next year.
Republicans, meanwhile, argue that the benefits provide a disinfectant to work with and instead want to see a temporary flat payment of $ 200 unless states can adjust their systems to offer a 70 percent wage replacement .
The White House on Wednesday made a temporary extension to the increased gains, but both Democrats and Republicans are showing little appetite for that idea.
Majority Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Tokyo) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) of not wanting to be involved in anything.
“Both Republicans and Democrats agree that in these extraordinary times it makes sense for the federal government to provide historic additional assistance on top of general unemployment,” McConnell said. “But the president and Democratic leader say they won’t agree to anything unless the program pays people more to stay home to work.”
Schumer said negotiating with the White House and Senate Republicans is like “trying to nail JEL-O to the wall”. He will unanimously attempt to pass the Democrats’ $ 3 trillion Hero Act around noon Thursday.
“Who is leading this effort on behalf of Republicans,” Schumer asked. “Chief Meadows and Secretary Mnuchin …. Lidar McConnell has said that the Democrats will not engage. I will remind him when he refuses to go to Speaker Pelosi, Secretary Mnuchin, Chief of Staff Meadows’ room and I am right there. I sit down. ”
Asked whether the Senate would leave for the weekend without a deal on unemployment insurance, McConnell said “we’re still talking, we hope we can get a result soon.”
In addition to Johnson’s proposal, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) hopes to introduce an alternative bill that would give states two options for three months: either an 80 percent salary replacement or a flat payment of $ 500, which would be slow. – Will be slow. A $ 400 decrease in September, and a $ 300 decrease in October.