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Politics Meadows says benefits to expire as negotiators struggle to get deal

00:35  30 july  2020
00:35  30 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

White House, senior Republicans pour cold water on short-term unemployment extension

  White House, senior Republicans pour cold water on short-term unemployment extension The White House and top Senate Republicans are pouring cold water on the prospect of a short-term unemployment extension.Republican senators were discussing a short-term extension to provide a patch between the expiration of a $600-per week plus up and Congress's next relief bill."We're really trying to look at trying to make sure that we have a comprehensive bill that deals with the issues. Any short-term extensions would defy the history of Congress, which would indicate that it would just be met with another short-term extension," White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Wednesday.

As negotiators cite little progress in talks and congressional leaders snipe at one another on Capitol Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi The GOP has proposed to cut the benefit to 0 per week through September, then change it to 70

Asked whether expiring federal unemployment benefits will be extended, WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says "The original benefits will not Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are serving as the Trump administration's lead negotiators on the forthcoming coronavirus relief bill

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday that added unemployment benefits will formally expire on Friday as negotiators appear to be struggling to make any progress toward a bipartisan deal.

Mark Meadows wearing a suit and tie: Meadows says benefits to expire as negotiators struggle to get deal © Getty Images Meadows says benefits to expire as negotiators struggle to get deal

"Enhanced unemployment insurance provisions will expire," Meadows told reporters after a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Top White House negotiators are pushing to scale back next coronavirus legislation

  Top White House negotiators are pushing to scale back next coronavirus legislation Top White House negotiators are pushing to scale back the next coronavirus relief legislation, just one day before Senate Republicans plan to release their $1 trillion proposal. © Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/Getty Images Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows both mentioned the possibility of moving forward on a less ambitious proposal initially Sunday in television show appearances, and multiple aides told CNN that it has become a leading option in discussions between the administration officials and Senate Republicans in recent days.

Both Mnuchin and Meadows said any extension of supplementary unemployment benefits would be linked to a liability waiver for employers, giving corporations and businesses blanket immunity against lawsuits if their neglect of Cutting off the 0 cannot incentivize people to get jobs that aren't there.”

McConnell said on Friday that he expected Congress would pass something by “the end of the While saying Democrats have no red lines in negotiations “If we do hit the cliff and then people go without the certainty, that can be pretty motivational for us to get back to work next week and get something

Asked if he believed that it would happen now, he added: "I do."

Under the coronavirus relief package passed in March, Congress agreed to an additional $600 per week federal benefit for those without a job during the pandemic.

As drafted, the benefit is set to officially expire on Friday, but because of the calendar and how most states disperse unemployment benefits they actually began to expire last Saturday.

What to do about unemployment benefits has been a major sticking point for the chances of getting a bipartisan deal.

Democrats want to extend the $600 added benefit through the end of the year. Republicans, meanwhile, are proposing switching to a 70 percent wage replacement match. During the two-month transition to the new system, the federal government would provide a $200 per month federal unemployment benefit.

Some Republicans are pushing to move a stand-alone short-term extension of the unemployment benefits to avoid the Friday cliff.

But Meadows said after the meeting that Pelosi and Schumer have shot down that idea.

"There's been a lot of discussion about that, but Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer has made it very clear that they're not going to do that," Meadows said.

Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame .
The White House and congressional Democrats warned Thursday night that they remain far apart on coronavirus relief, raising new doubts that they can reach a consensus on sweeping legislation to address the public health crisis and the economic devastation it has caused.The four key negotiators - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) - emerged from a more than three-hour meeting in the Capitol with significant policy differences unresolved despite a self-imposed end-of-the-week deadline. To hear each side tell the tale, the other is to blame.

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