No Relief: Congress Deadlocked On Coronavirus Relief
Expanded unemployment benefits expire today, with COVID-19 cases still on the rise and tens of millions of Americans out of work. NBC's Tracie Potts reports.
WASHINGTON (NBC News) — With expanded unemployment benefits expiring, tens of millions of Americans out of work and COVID-19 cases still on the rise, Congress remains deadlocked on a new relief plan.
Republicans want to drop supplemental unemployment payments to $200 dollars, cutting them by two-thirds.
The White House has offered a one week extension.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has rejected the idea, saying it’s not enough.
“What is a one week extension good for? A one week extension is good if you have a bill, and you’re working it out,” Pelosi said.
Meanwhile, Americans are struggling.
“We’re seeing 2,000 to 3,000, up to 7,000 families come through in a three or four hour period,” says Los Angeles Regional Food Bank President Michael Flood.
The United States now has more than 4.5 million COVID-19 cases. More than 153,000 people have died as a result of the virus, with deaths coming at a rate of one every minute Wednesday.
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