Pelosi and Schumer blame Republicans' "disarray and delay" for unemployment brinkmanship

Pelosi and Schumer blame Republicans'

But this package has been delayed repeatedly, and though both sides are committed to passing a stimulus package that includes direct payments, three-way negotiations between Democrats, Republicans, and the White House are complex.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, had been expected to announce the party's stimulus proposal on Thursday morning, only to reverse course later in the day and announce the plan would not come until next week.

The House speaker said if Democrats agree to pass the unemployment extension separately, it takes the pressure off Republicans to take up the other planks of their plan, including housing assistance, food stamps, state and local aid, and voting-by-mail. "It is simply unacceptable that Republicans have had this entire time to reach consensus among themselves and continue to flail", they said. "Time is of the essence and lives are being lost", the pair added.

Another round of direct payments to Americans, like the $1,200 checks given out by the federal government earlier in the coronavirus crisis, will likely be in the bill, with McConnell and the White House signaling support. Previous reports indicate that means benefits of between $200-$400, while Democrats are arguing for the $600 level to be maintained.

Seventy-four percent of adults who identified as white said they received a stimulus check compared to 69% of Americans who identified as Black and 64% who identified as Hispanic.

Democratic leaders are strongly opposed to a short-term extension of those unemployment benefits.

"No, no, no", Pelosi said emphatically Friday at a Capitol news conference aimed at pressuring Senate Republicans to include a $600 per week employment benefits extension on their forthcoming legislation.

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"I would be very much averse to separating [unemployment benefits] out and lose all leverage [on Republicans] for. meeting all of the other needs", Pelosi told reporters. The bill from Democrats would have included a $1,200 stimulus check for each person, along with $1,200 for each dependent - an increase from the $500 for dependents allotted in the first CARES Act.

Late Thursday night, ABC News obtained a draft document of the Republican stimulus proposal which is now expected to be released early next week.

Republicans have stated that the bill is too expensive and said the extra unemployment benefits create a disincentive for people to return to work.

Paycheck Protection Program: A limited second round, for companies with under 300 employees and revenues that are down at least 50%. "We're dealing with the mechanical issues associated with that", Mnuchin told reporters Thursday.

"We aren't going to extend it on the base wage replacement, it's approximately 70% of wage replacement".

McConnell outlined some provisions of the Republican bill which would include a second round of stimulus checks and additional money for coronavirus testing, treatments and vaccine research.

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