The weekly federal unemployment benefit of $600 expires on Friday, as does the deportation suspension. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country five months ago, the termination of these two federal protection measures could harm millions of Americans who lost their jobs. More than 153,000 Americans have died from the disease, and with the closure of businesses, the US economy has shrunk by more than 9%.
President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are supporting a $1 trillion package that will restore federal unemployment levels, but at much lower levels. The GOP plan will also spend tens of billions of dollars to reopen schools, expand state coronavirus testing capabilities, assist farmers and support global health programs. Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have also begun to demand liability protection against schools and businesses as they begin to reopen.
Pelosi and Schumer supported a House proposal that cost more than $3 trillion to extend the federal unemployment benefit of $600 a week until next year. The Democratic Party hopes to provide state and local governments with more than $900 billion in federal aid, as well as more financial support for schools and universities.
Due to the deadlock in the negotiations this week, Meadows and Mnuchin put forward several conditions, requiring a short-term extension of the weekly unemployment benefit of $600 and other regulations.
But the Democrats rejected this effort led by the White House, saying they wanted to reach an agreement on a larger plan, rather than taking a “fragmented approach”
Pelosi said: “So today is fruitful in pushing us forward.” “But again, we must get rid of this virus so that we can open our economy, open our schools safely, and not The way to cut the welfare of American workers does so.”