Families on edge as unemployment benefits set to expire

The expanded unemployment benefits, which include a $600 per week surplus, will formally expire as Congress and the White House battle over a new deal.
1:53 | 07/31/20

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Millions of American families on edge tonight that many expanded unemployment benefit, an extra $600 a week officially expiring today. Congress and white house appear nowhere close to a new deal. More than 52 million Americans filing for unemployment since March and 20 million facing possible evictions. Here's Kyra Phillips. Reporter: Tonight, the $600 a week that millions of jobless Americans have depended on to survive will formally expire, as congress and the white house battle over a new deal. What do you say to those Americans that are about to lose $600 a week? That they need to be calling the offices of chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and say, get to work. Reporter: With the clock ticking, lawmakers meeting late into the night to hammer out a deal. But negotiations went nowhere. The GOP offering to extend those $600 payments for just another week, but Democrats refused to accept it, calling the short-term fix a stunt. Democrats put forward their own stimulus bill months ago, but Republicans only came to the negotiating table this week. We need them to recognize the gravity of the situation. Reporter: Chicago bartender roushaunda Williams feels that severity. Out of work since March, the $600 helped pay her bills. Being able to have a roof over my head, being able to have food to eat. We are out here drowning. We are struggling. Reporter: Tom, I just met with president trump's chief of staff, mark meadows and I can tell you there won't be a deal made tonight, but meadows and treasury secretary mnuchin will be meeting tomorrow morning with Pelosi and Schumer. If history is any guide and they did reach a deal, Americans wouldn't see that check for weeks, possibly months. Tom? Weeks possibly months. Kira, thank you. Sticking in Washington, president trump tonight attempting to sew seeds of doubt

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