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White House pushes narrow virus aid; Pelosi blasts GOP delay


Yuri Gripas – Tns - Tns

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a news conference on the extension of federal unemployment insurance benefits on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Friday, July 24, 2020.

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed Republican "disarray" over a new pandemic relief package as the White House suggested a narrower effort might be necessary, at least for now.

The California Democrat panned the Trump administration's desire to trim an expiring temporary federal unemployment benefit from $600 weekly to about 70% of pre-pandemic wages. "The reason we had $600 was its simplicity," she said from the Capitol.

The administration's chief negotiators - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin - spent a few hours at the Capitol later Sunday to put what Meadows described as "final touches" on a $1 trillion relief bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to bring forward Monday afternoon.


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