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Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Posted at 8:26 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 08:26:48-04

WASHINGTON — The federal $600 weekly unemployment benefit expires Friday.

The White House offered a short-term extension of the unemployment aid that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis.

Democratic leaders panned the idea in talks late Thursday at the Capitol, opting to keep the pressure on for a more sweeping bill that would deliver aid to state and local governments, help for the poor, and funding for schools and colleges to address the pandemic.

Talks are set to resume Friday.