Congress deadlocked as unemployment benefits expire

Lawmakers do not have a plan to replace the unemployment benefits that are helping 30 million Americans make ends meet during the pandemic.
1:01 | 07/31/20

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Transcript for Congress deadlocked as unemployment benefits expire
Now to congress. Deadlocked, unable to make a deal to extend jobless benefits expiring today. That's impacting 30 million Americans. Senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce is in Washington tracking all the latest on that. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. Well, overnight another round of talks failed to produce any progress. Emerging from that meeting the white house chief of staff said Americans who are relying on these benefits, he's not optimistic they'll see relief any time soon. Late yesterday senate Republicans and Mitch Mcconnell made a last minute attempt to extend the payments but at just $200. Democrats are demanding the full $600 and called the move a stunt. They say it's nothing more than a politically callous attempt after Republicans failed for weeks to come up with a more comprehensive plan. The bottom line here, these benefits for 30 million Americans are expiring. The checks have already gone out, those last round of checks and right now there simply is no deal in sight to replace them, Tom. The clock ticking and still no deal. Thank you.

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