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The Senate announces a deal to help the unemployed

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate leaders – Moderate Democrat Sen. Manchin – entered into a deal on emergency unemployment benefits, breaking the bill that suspended the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 bailout bill at the party show.

The compromise announced late Friday night by the West Virginia legislature, the Democratic aide, seems to have paved the way for the Senate to launch a series of climactic, marathon votes to eventually pass large-scale legislation.

The general bill, which is President Biden’s priority legislative priority, is aimed at combating the deadly epidemic and restoring a slow-moving economy. It would provide most Americans with up to $ 1,400 in direct payments, և money for COVID-19 vaccines և testing, assistance to government և local government, schools և airline industry support և health insurance subsidies.

Just before midnight, the Senate began adopting various changes to the rapid fire fashion. The votes were mostly on Republican proposals, which almost failed, but were meant to force Democrats to give awkward political votes. It was unclear how long the “voice-a-rama” would last over the weekend.

More importantly, the unemployment benefit agreement assumed that it only took time for the Senate to pass the bill. It will send him back to the House, which was expected to give him the final approval of Congress, give Biden his signature.

White House spokesman En Psaki said Biden supported a compromise on unemployment benefits.

The long-running controversy on Friday underscored the headaches faced by party leaders over the next two years, the tensions between the “progressives” and the “centrists” as they tried to move their agenda through Congress with their slim majority.

Mancin is probably the most conservative Democrat in the House և 50-50 King of the Senate. But the party cannot go too far to win Mancini’s vote without jeopardizing progressive support in the House, where they have a 10-vote lead.

Helping unemployed Americans is a democratic priority. But this is a problem that is driving a wedge between the progressives who are trying to help unemployed voters overcome the gloomy economy, Manchin and other moderate people who want to cut some of the bill.

Biden said Friday’s jobs report showed employers had added 379,000 employees, an unexpectedly strong figure. That’s still small, compared to 10 million fewer jobs since the epidemic a year ago.

“Without a rescue plan, those gains will be slow,” Biden said. “We can not afford one step forward, two steps back. We need to overcome the virus, provide significant assistance, and create inclusive recovery. ”

The general bill stands in front of a strong wall of the GOP opposition, “the Republicans used the unemployment deadlock, accusing Biden of refusing to seek a compromise with them.”

“Can you pick up the phone right now to end it?” Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C.

In an encouraging sign for Biden, a poll by the Associated Press-NORK found that 70 percent of Americans support the development of his epidemic, including a remarkable 44 percent of Republicans.

Over the weekend, the chamber approved a relief bill that included $ 400 a week in unemployment benefits through regular state payments until August. Mancin hoped to cut costs, arguing that pay levels would discourage people from returning to work, which many Democrats and many economists have argued.

As the day wore on, Democrats claimed they had reached a compromise between the party’s moderate “progressives”, who were extending extraordinary unemployment benefits by $ 300 a week until early October.

The program, sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., Also included tax cuts on some unemployment benefits. Without it, many Americans who quit their jobs would face unexpected tax bills.

But in the afternoon, lawmakers said Mancin was ready to support the republic’s less generous version. That led to hours of negotiations between White House aides and senior Senate Democrats Mancini as the party tried to find a way to save the unemployment package.

The compromise announced Friday night will provide $ 300 per week, and the final check will be paid on September 6 և Includes a tax break.

During the vote, the Senate narrowly accepted Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio State to extend the $ 300 unemployment insurance benefit until July 18. However, Portman’s victory was short-lived, and the proposal was canceled when the House later accepted the Democrats’ unemployment insurance offer.

Before the start of the unemployment benefit drama, senators voted 58-42, eliminating the progressive dominance, with a gradual increase in the current $ 7.25 minimum wage over the past five years to $ 15.

Eight Democrats voted against the proposal, proposing that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. And other progressives who promise to continue their efforts in the coming months will face a difficult struggle.

The vote, which began shortly after 11 a.m. EST, was formally suspended until almost 12 hours later, when the Senate suspended it amid negotiations on unemployment benefits.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell embarrassed Democrats by calling their day-long effort to tackle unemployment a “sight.”

“What this proves is that there are benefits to bipartisanship when dealing with a problem of this magnitude,” McConnell said.

Republicans have criticized the general aid bill as a liberal spending holiday that ignores growing vaccines and signs of a shocking economy suggesting dual crises are easing.

“Dem Democrats inherited a wave that was already reversing.” McConnell said.

Democrats deny this, citing job losses, and many people still struggling to buy food and pay rent.

“If you just look at the big numbers, you say, ‘Oh, things are getting a little better,'” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. “It’s not for the lower half of America. That’s not it. “

Unemployment benefits deadlock on Friday was not the first delay in the aid package. On Thursday, Sen. Ron John Onson, R-Wis., Forced House officials to read the 628-page aid bill aloud, an exhaustive task that gave staff 10 hours and 44 minutes and ended shortly after 2 a.m. EST.

Democrats made a number of other late changes to the bill designed to nail support. They ranged from extra money for food programs, from federal health care subsidies for unemployed workers to rural health care, to language with minimal funding for small states.

Biden և Senate Democrats agreed on Wednesday that the higher-income earners would not match Wednesday for direct checks on individuals.


Associated Press Writer Kevin Freaking contributed to this report.



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