Schumer said on Saturday morning that they were “not yet close” to a deal.“Now each party knows where it is. And we are going to work very hard to come to an agreement that meets the needs of the moment, we still believe in it and we are discussing it with them, ”said Schumer.
Schumer noted that this was the longest meeting between the four to date and said their respective teams would meet on Sunday to continue negotiations. He added that he and Pelosi would meet Meadows and Mnuchin again on Monday.
Pelosi also said the meeting was “productive in terms of moving us forward.” However, Meadows warned reporters that there is still a long way to go before a deal is reached.
“We’re still a long way from each other and I don’t want to suggest that a deal is imminent because it isn’t. But as with any deal, as you move forward I think it’s important to recognize that you are making progress, “Meadows said.
The negotiations come as theat a record rate of 32.9% in the second quarter of this year. Millions of Americans are unemployed, a popular unemployment benefit established by Congress in March . White House officials have offered a short-term extension of benefits, but Democrats , arguing that it is best to deal with all of the issues facing Americans today in one package.
House Democratsthis would have extended benefits for those without work to the current level of $ 600 per week, in addition to their weekly UI check. However, Republicans balked at the price and complained that some provisions included in the bill are not directly related to the coronavirus crisis, such as election aid funding for states.
“This is not a usual discussion, because the urgency is so great, from the point of view of health, financial health, and again, the health of our democracy because our elections will be affected by the coronavirus, and we have to fix it, ”Pelosi told reporters. Saturday, defending the Democrats’ package.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans on Monday proposed their own bill that would cost around $ 1 trillion. This would reduce the weekly extra payment to $ 200 until states find a system to replace 70% of a person’s salary – with about 50% paid by the states and the rest paid by the federal government.
Senate Republicans and Democrats on Thursday raised measures to extend UI and tried to pass them by unanimous consent, but all of those efforts were stalled. The Senate then passed a “shell” bill – 47 to 42 – proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which included no details, in an attempt to move forward on an extension. short term.