McConnell Now Open to Unemployment Figure

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McConnell Now Open to Unemployment Figure

(TheConservativeNews.org) – Republicans and Democrats are trying to come to an agreement on what another coronavirus relief package looks like. One of the significant sticking points in the negotiations has been over the $600-per-week unemployment benefit for workers laid off due to COVID-19. McConnell’s change of position makes a deal much more likely to happen.

Initially, the Republicans wanted to reduce the weekly amount of unemployment money from $600 to $200. They were concerned that many workers are making more money from government-funded unemployment to stay at home, compared to going back to work. Meanwhile, Democrats are looking for unemployment money to be continued through the end of the year.

But, on Tuesday, there was a shift with that stance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dropped the $200-a-week proposal and said the Republicans could agree to extend the $600 amount as long as President Trump supported the measure.

The president has run into issues to potentially make that happen, though. Last week, Trump expressed his frustrations with the Democratic party after they rejected a proposal to extend the $600-a-week benefit in the short-term. 

Both parties are under intense pressure to reach a deal because last Friday, July 31, the CARES Act provisions, including unemployment money and an eviction moratorium, expired. 

The final details of the deal will be worked out by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Congress will likely vote on the new package sometime next week.

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