As $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Expires, Coronavirus Relief Talks Sputter and Washington Plays Blame Game

Republicans and Democrats have made little progress toward a coronavirus relief deal as economic data show an economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

by Jacob Pramuk

Negotiators on the next coronavirus relief bill appeared as far as ever from an agreement Friday and rushed to lay blame as a key financial lifeline expires.

Underscoring the gulf between Democrats and Repbulicans as they try to boost an economy and health-care system buckling under the weight of the pandemic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows offered derision during dueling news conferences Friday morning. The pair met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday night but appeared to make little progress toward cracking the impasse.

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