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Enhanced jobless benefits expired overnight: Here's where Congress' negotiations stand

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The federal enhanced unemployment benefit that out-of-work Americans have relied on amid the coronavirus pandemic has now officially expired -- and Democrats and Republicans are still far apart in negotiations over a new stimulus package that could bring relief with no deal in sight.

Washington (CNN)The federal enhanced unemployment benefit that out-of-work Americans have relied on amid the coronavirus pandemic has now officially expired -- and Democrats and Republicans are still far apart in negotiations over a new stimulus package that could bring relief with no deal in sight.

The White House has also offered a shorter-term extension of the federal unemployment benefit, but it was rejected by Democrats who have argued any deal should be broader and include stimulus money for state and local governments, testing funding and more money for small business programs.

Meadows said that the White House made "no less than four" offers to Democrats dealing with the enhanced benefit and eviction protection and said that the offers were all rejected.

In a sign of just how far apart the two sides are, Pelosi pushed back Friday in an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar on the assertion that the White House offered a short-term extension of the benefit that Democrats rejected.

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