White House clashes with Republicans over Covid-19 relief


'Republicans need to pull their head out of the sand, get their act together, sit down with [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and me, and start negotiating a real package, ' Chuck Schumer, the Senate's top-ranking Democrat, said.

USA congressional Democratic leaders Friday blamed Republicans for their "months-long disarray and delay" as the enhanced federal unemployment benefits millions of Americans rely upon are set to expire in a few days.

Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises.

"We had expected to be working throughout this weekend", the Democratic leaders said. "It is simply unacceptable that Republicans have had this entire time to reach consensus among themselves and continue to flail", the statement said. "Time is of the essence and lives are being lost".

Pelosi slammed the Republicans' delay in her press conference Friday, calling it a "dereliction" of their duty.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was expected to unveil the details of the proposal but adjourned without doing so, virtually ensuring a gap in benefits. "We have an agreement in principle on the shape of the package".

Pelosi blasted Republicans for recessing the Senate on Thursday and "fiddling" around this weekend when House Democrats have been waiting for the Senate to act since May when the House passed its $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill. "The artists who fuel our huge, nationwide economic engine have gone months without work, and the weekly $600 included in the CARES Act is all that is keeping our workers afloat as they stare down an uncertain future".

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Senate Republicans are eyeing a package with a price tag closer to $1 trillion.

The draft proposal also includes a second round of stimulus checks for Americans but the amount of the payment and eligibility criteria are still to be determined.

Whether to extend unemployment benefits - and by how much - is a main sticking point among Republicans. Other GOP senators also sounded unsure over the timeline of the bill's release and said the bill is still a "work in progress".

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.

The GOP leader, who is up for reelection in November alongside Trump, dashed home to Kentucky for an event with the nation's drug czar, Jim Carroll, in part of Appalachia confronting opioid addiction. Nor did he mention new funding for state, local, territorial and tribal governments, many of which are facing massive revenue shortfalls as a result of shutdown orders.

The Republican proposal, which will be an opening bid for negotiations with the Democrats, will include additional help for small businesses, $105 billion for schools and legal protections for business that are reopening, McConnell said.