Stalemate continues over second Coronavirus stimulus package

Stalemate continues over second Coronavirus stimulus package

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of Congress remain at a stalemate over negotiations for a second round of coronavirus relief aid.

Today lawmakers on Capitol Hill called for a bipartisan proposal to get help to Americans as quickly as possible.

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While both parties agree more financial help is needed to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s possible a compromise won’t be reached until after the November election.

Democrats have blasted Republicans for their so-called “skinny stimulus” proposal which failed in the Senate this week, saying it should include more money for local and state governments, among other measures.

Republicans are blaming Democrats for being unwilling to compromise with their latest proposal.

Republicans are pushing for an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits instead of the previous $600.

Marc Morial, National Urban League president, said a new stimulus deal is needed.

“Congress has to address the eviction crisis and the foreclosure crisis with tens of millions of people facing the loss of their homes from unemployment, underemployment, lack of liquidity and a recession.”

Reports say some Democrats have pushed for smaller proposals which they argue are more likely to get Republican support. However, Democratic leaders say it would hurt their efforts for a broader package.

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