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U.S. lawmakers fail to extend federal jobless benefits that are set to expire Friday.

A last-ditch effort to extend enhanced unemployment benefits on the eve of their expiration failed in the Senate on Thursday, after Democrats blocked a Republican bid to slash the payments by two-thirds.

The impasse in Washington left millions on the precipice of losing jobless aid that has helped them make ends meet since the coronavirus pandemic closed down broad sectors of the economy — causing the worst economic contraction on record this spring.

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by Anonymousreply 2207/31/2020

With negotiations over a broader recovery package stalled, Senate Republicans tried to pass a stand-alone bill that would have continued the extra jobless aid payments through the end of the year, but slash them to $200 a week from $600.

Democrats blocked the effort and instead tried to pass the $3 trillion stimulus measure the House approved in May, which includes an extension of the full $600 benefit through January.

by Anonymousreply 107/30/2020

They should at least extend them through September. And then they can re-evaluate.

by Anonymousreply 207/30/2020

Are these people going on August recess while the country starves?

They have an election coming, don’t they?

by Anonymousreply 307/30/2020

They at least need an emergency extension of federal aid.

There is no way that they leave town for the summer and not extend the benefits.

by Anonymousreply 407/30/2020

During an election year, no less.

by Anonymousreply 507/30/2020

They are just asking more burnt down federal court houses at this point.

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by Anonymousreply 607/30/2020

“...Without action by Friday, the benefit will expire, leaving tens of millions of Americans in limbo, after more than 1 million new unemployment claims were filed for the 19th week in a row and the economy recorded its worst quarter on record.”

by Anonymousreply 707/30/2020

“Democrats said the blame for the breakdown lay squarely with Republicans, who waited until just before the jobless aid was to expire to roll out their opening bid for negotiations with Democrats. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, declared their plan “fundamentally unworkable.”“

by Anonymousreply 807/30/2020

Why did the republicans wait so long?

by Anonymousreply 907/30/2020

No relief + eviction enforcement + homelessness/transiency = inability to vote

by Anonymousreply 1007/30/2020

This is pathetic. It’s not Mitch’s money. It’s the people’s money.

He has no right to let this expire while grifting billions for his connected friends.

by Anonymousreply 1107/30/2020

These republicans are just asking for a wipeout in November.

by Anonymousreply 1207/30/2020

At least California is trying to pass the $600/week to the end of the year.

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by Anonymousreply 1307/30/2020

The August recess is mandated by law, R3. The media worked overtime last year to make people think "The Dems" just refused to do any work, when in truth they couldn't easily cancel the recess in August because it's basically mandatory.

I hope that tactic doesn't work again this year, but it seems like it might.

Unfortunate, because it's the GOP causing the problems again, and the media needs to stop covering for them.

by Anonymousreply 1407/30/2020

A lot of the people who will be cut off are deplorables. This is kamikaze move by senate republicans.

by Anonymousreply 1507/30/2020

Those motherfucking Republicans. I hope they all go out Herman Cain-style.

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by Anonymousreply 1807/31/2020

This is outrageous.

by Anonymousreply 1907/31/2020

The republicans need to get off their lazy asses.

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by Anonymousreply 2107/31/2020

Yertle is worthless to the average person.

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