House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged GOP leaders to act quickly in the coming days, as millions of people are slated to lose extra $600-per-week unemployment benefits that were established in the face of the CCP virus pandemic.
Congress had agreed to provide a $600-per-week increase of unemployment benefits as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed in March, but those are set to expire July 31. It is simply unacceptable that Republicans have had this entire time to reach consensus among themselves and continue to flail.
"We can not piecemeal this", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters following the Senate Republicans weekly policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 9, 2020. "Hopefully we can come together behind some package we can agree on in the next few weeks".
Another round of direct payments to Americans, like the $1,200 checks given out by the federal government earlier in the coronavirus crisis, will likely be in the bill, with McConnell and the White House signaling support.
The details on the $1 trillion stimulus bill is set to be released next week after differences between Senate Republicans and the White House led to a delay, The Wall Street Journal reported. "Once again, the Republican Senate is far more comfortable providing relief to big corporations than relief to American workers and American families".
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Whether to extend unemployment benefits - and by how much - is a main sticking point among Republicans.
Republicans are also proposing an extension of the enhanced unemployment benefits but at a far-reduced rate, equivalent to 70% of a person's income before he or she was laid off.
McConnell has thumbed his nose at the latter option, which he says disincentives employment because benefit levels are higher than many people would otherwise earn.
Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin has said they're eyeing some form of extension, but that unemployment will be structured so it won't be more lucrative for people to take the benefits over returning to work.
McConnell's proposal is expected to include new direct $1,200 cash payments to many Americans, $105bn to help reopen schools and $25bn for virus testing.
And it will include liability protections to shield schools, businesses and other organizations from coronavirus-related lawsuits as they reopen - a red line for the GOP leader.
More than 4.1m cases have been recorded in the United States and more than 145,000 people have died.