The $600 weekly federal unemployment bonus ran out on July 31, and President Trump’s $200 replacement isn’t reaching most of the unemployed. With almost 30 million Americans filing for continuing unemployment benefits and nearly one million filing initial unemployment claims, we still have a lot of people in a world of hurt.
But with that as background, the Democrats, who passed a $3.5 trillion relief package in May, and the Senate, which has proposed both a $1 trillion package at the end of July and a $600 billion package just days ago, can’t seem to get on the same page. The closer we get to the election, the less likely it looked that either side will budge… until now.
“We are having our conversations. And when I have a conversation with the administration, it is in good faith. I trust (Treasury) Secretary (Steve) Mnuchin to represent something that can reach a solution. And I believe we can come to an agreement.”
If the Trump administration and the House Democrats come to an understanding, they might have trouble getting the Senate to go along. That would set up an odd quarrel right before the election where the top of the Republican ticket, Trump, is in a spat with the Senators down the ballot, just as they all need to support each other.