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White House signals support for $600 jobless benefit

White House signals support for $600 jobless benefit Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: July 31, 2020 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House appears keen to endorse a temporary extension of a $600 per week supplemental unemployment benefit as the popular boost to both the economy and family budgets is about to expire. The idea is a prominent feature of top-level Washington talks on a major election-season COVID-19 response measure.

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After late-night talks failed to produce a breakthrough, the two sides took their case to the media Friday morning.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows accused Democrats of refusing to negotiate, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a short-term extension only makes sense if the two sides are close to a deal on a far more sweeping relief bill.
 

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