Daily Wire reported that Congressional leaders were unable to reach an agreement on the details of the latest coronavirus relief legislation before halting meetings and negotiations for the weekend.
The $600 boost that many Americans have been receiving from the federal government during the shutdowns is scheduled to expire Friday.
President Trump weighed in on the decision by showing support for continuing aid to those whose jobs have been displaced during the outbreak. Sen. Martha McSally made an attempt to fix some of the issues on the Senate floor before the weekend, but was stopped and dismissed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Democratic leaders met with White House officials in Nancy Pelosi’s office to develop suitable legislature, but were unable to find enough common ground to progress with the bill.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly agreed to extending the $600 weekly boost to unemployment benefits several months, but wanted it be a stand-alone section of the negotiation. Democrats rejected the offer by the White House officials and reportedly claimed to not want to piecemeal together an agreement.
Republicans are also reportedly resisting the Democrats’ plans to extend the $600 weekly unemployment benefits in 2021.
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The unemployment insurance proposal that has been floated by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would replace up to 70% of a person’s wages beginning in September, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the meantime, the $600 weekly unemployment boost would be reduced to $200 per week.
With little to no progress made toward an actual bill, the legislative accomplishment of the night seems to revert to the Senate, which passed a “shell bill” — a piece of legislation that can be amended with the contents of an actual bill next week, reports CBS News.
While empty, this shell bill can become helpful should a breakthrough in negotiations occur, or a preference for a stand alone bill instead of a comprehensive legislative package as envisioned by Democrats emerges.
As it stands, the current bill Democrats have offered for negotiations is the Heroes Act, a House-passed legislative package that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has derided as a “multi-trillion-dollar socialist manifesto.”
“This is the multi-trillion-dollar boondoggle that would tax and borrow in order to provide a massive tax cut to rich people in blue states — the SALT giveaway — fund diversity studies of the legal pot industry, and do a thousand other things with no relationship to this crisis,” said McConnell on the Senate floor Thursday.