McConnell says economy needs 'another boost' in COVID-19 aid

Diana Yitbarek 44 of Washington DC stands outside the DC Department of Employment Services after trying to find out about her unemployment benefits in Washington DC

"Upon departing the Oval Office for OH, I've notified my staff to continue working on an Executive Order with respect to Payroll Tax Cut, Eviction Protections, Unemployment Extensions, and Student Loan Repayment Options", Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. While he may not be in the sessions, he is in close touch with the White House behind the scenes.

"Well, we're thinking about it", Trump said when the hosts of Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" asked whether he'd deliver a speech accepting his party's presidential nomination from the White House lawn.

"I think it's fair to say that Republicans have made far more concessions than Democrats", Meadows told reporters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed President Trump's suggestion of working out coronavirus relief through executive action if lawmakers can't reach a deal this week.

The relief bill passed in March banned landlords from evicting people in rental properties that receive federal assistance or federally-connected financing.

Grassley said he doubts Trump is serious about signing the orders.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters after almost two hours of talks that Democrats were determined to reach agreement on a legislative package but only if it met the needs of an American public reeling from months of restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of infections.

Nonpartisan analysts say McConnell's Republicans face a risk of losing their Senate majority in November's elections.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) said Senate Republicans were dispersing, but would be updated in daily 5 p.m. conference calls with GOP leaders and White House officials.

The quartet was expected to meet again early Thursday evening.

The Democrats have been unwilling to strike a deal with Republicans on the next coronavirus stimulus relief package.

Meadows said the two sides are still "trillions of dollars apart" on a compromise. He agreed with Mr. Schumer that the talks had stalled because of an overarching disagreement over how much aid was warranted.

Mnuchin has signaled some flexibility, telling reporters Monday, "We're open to a bigger package if we can reach an agreement". "But the Senate won't adjourn for August unless and until the Democrats demonstrate they will never let an agreement materialize".

"We might not get a deal", Republican Senator Richard Shelby told reporters. "At the moment, it doesn't look promising". Democrats aren't budging with their provisions in their $3.4 trillion bill passed by the House in May-despite agreeing to cut U.S. Postal Service Funding. On Wednesday, the president said he backed a group of Senate Republicans who proposed an additional $25 billion payroll assistance package to struggling USA airlines. "No matter what. Can we give - can we give a huge chunk of money to the people who are disenfranchised, to minorities who want so badly to stay in business and can't, and to people who are trying to go to college or have student loans, who are minorities, who are the most affected because they had the least chance in our country?' That's got to be something both sides can agree to". "What we're hoping for here is a bipartisan proposal negotiated by the president of the United States and his team and the Democratic majority in the House to sign a bill into law that can appeal to a significant percentage of Republicans".

In the talks, White House negotiators have offered to provide weekly checks of $400 - down from the recently expired level but higher than Republicans's initial $200 proposal, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.



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