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White House, Democrats Apart on Job Aid as Benefits End (1)

Aug. 1, 2020, 8:14 PM

A top-level meeting on Saturday between Congressional Democrats and Trump administration officials was termed productive but left central questions unanswered on striking a deal to extend unemployment insurance and provide other coronavirus pandemic relief.

“There’s still a lot of work to do” to strike a deal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters after the three-hour meeting. An impasse continues, he said, on whether to do a short-term extension deal for enhanced unemployment benefits, or push forward to try to nail down a comprehensive deal, as Democrats want.

Extra weekly aid for as many as 30 million jobless Americans has run...

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