Sen. Blunt on the spending in the GOP stimulus package: 'As much as we don’t want to do this it was the best of two bad options'

The current total is up to $400/week on top of regular unemployment.

The Annie Frey Show
August 06, 2020 - 10:26 am

House Democrats and Senate Republicans remain sharply divided on another coronavirus spending bill, with Democrats' plan totaling over $3,000,000,000,000, and Republicans plan at roughly a third of that.  

But one area Republicans seem willing to negotiate on is unemployment.  

Their current offer includes $400/week in extra unemployment checks, and Mitch McConnell has said he'd be willing to do the full $600/week if President Trump backs it.  

Senator Roy Blunt said he hopes the deadline for the stimulus package is real.

“Both the White House and the House and Senate have the information they need to make an agreement,” he said.

The Senate package was designed specifically for COVID relief. The House package had many other ideas incorporated into it that were extremely partisan.

Nancy Pelosi believes Republicans are nickel and diming with American’s tax dollars.

Can the Republicans come to an agreement with Democrats on unemployment benefits?

“Those kinds of comments are completely political,” he said.

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