This will be a nice political game to watch. Who gets the blame for allowing the $600-per-week jobless benefits to run out Friday?
It’s the opening shot in a war over the coronavirus stimulus. It looks very dark now as the Democrats and Republicans are “far apart.” But they’ll get a deal, because this is how it almost always goes with these things, when both sides have a strong interest in getting something done but disagree strongly on what.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Democrats have rejected “four different offers” to extend enhanced federal unemployment insurance benefits amid stalled talks on a broader aid deal, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Friday.
“The Democrats believe they have all the cards on their side, and they are willing to play those cards at the expense of those who are hurting,” Meadows said.
Meadows said Trump officials will continue negotiating with top Democrats on Capitol Hill in an effort strike a deal on a new round of coronavirus aid that would include extending the unemployment benefits that expire this month.
“The Democrats have made zero offers over the past three days,” Meadows told reporters at the White House.