Enhanced unemployment benefits set to expire July 31

ABC News’ Mary Bruce discusses the stalemate in Congress over a new plan to extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans and other stimulus efforts.
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Transcript for Enhanced unemployment benefits set to expire July 31
So many American families already on the brink and tomorrow those enhanced unemployment benefits 600 dollars a week set to expire we bring in ABC's senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce in Washington where. Lawmakers are scrambling to pass another stimulus thanks so much for joining us marry. Today congressional Republicans hastily called a vote to extend those benefits what happened and I haven't the Democrats respond. Well this is really a last minute attempt by Mitch McConnell and senate Republicans are trying to extend these unemployment benefits but instead of this 600 dollar amount. But millions of Americans have been receiving the wanted to bring that down to just 200 dollars and that is simply not going to fly with Democrats they called this move that callous political we'll let stunt that Republicans and they say that weeks now to come up with a more comprehensive plan Democrats of course released in the air bill more than two months ago Republicans who have struggled within their own party. To get on the same page and now with east. Critical unemployment benefits set to expire those checks had actually stopped coming. For millions of Americans Republicans were trying to do something today to try and prevent some of this pain from hitting so many Americans. But it's simply doesn't appear. That it's going to work at this point Democrats say they don't want to do this piecemeal they want to focus on a large comprehensive stimulus bill. The Democrats want to keep those checks coming at that 600 dollar amount. And in congress is of course as a recess of the end of next week is there any hope for a plan before then and what happens if time runs out. I have to tell you Lindsay right now it is really hard to see how the two sides are going to come into an agreement especially since the Republican Party can't even seem to come to an agreement within themselves. So even if and win it they can actually agree on a broader package here it looks like that could take weeks. And that means that millions of Americans. Are going to take a hit it's also likely to take a huge told on the economy. Mary Bruce our thanks to you.

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