Dems reach agreement on unemployment benefits in COVID-19 relief bill

The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation was at a standstill all afternoon in the Senate as Democrats debated how to handle jobless benefits in the package.
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In the meantime as Americans wait for vaccinations, the millions waiting for economic the debate under way tonight in the senate over president Biden's plan that includes those $1,400 checks, and there is news tonight on the debate over unemployment benefits, how much and for how long. Rachel Scott with late reporting tonight from the hill. Reporter: Tonight, president Joe Biden pushing lawmakers to get moving as the senate wrangles over his $1.9 trillion covid rescue plan. At least 7,000,000 kids don't have enough food to eat on a regular basis. 13,000,000 people are behind in their rent. And the rescue plan is absolutely essential for turning this around. Reporter: The bill would provide billions fight covid, help small businesses, and send $1,400 direct payments to most Americans. This week, in a concession to moderate democratic senators, Biden agreeing to limit those payments to people making up to $75,000 a year. People making up to $80,000 would get a smaller check. And today, democratic leaders offered up another concession -- proposing to extend unemployment benefits through September, but to shrink the payments from $400 a week to $300. That's a bitter pill for Karin Smith, a mom in Jupiter, Florida, who lost her job at the beginning of the pandemic. Reducing that weekly amount is just horrible. We have gone so long with so little, and it is so hard to work towards stabilizing and getting it all together when all you can do is panic about how you're going to pay your bills. Reporter: And tonight we are learning president Joe Biden is working the phones, trying to get this bill across the finish line. The major holdup is a moderate senator from his own party. Joe Manchin still not on board with this package, but lawmakers are racing against a deadline just nine days, unemployment benefits for millions of Americans are set to expire.

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