The White House and Democrats talk about progress in agreeing on a COVID-19 aid package

Discussions include extending additional Federal unemployment benefits.

White House staffers and top congressional Democrats plan to meet again on Tuesday after both sides reported some progress in trying to reach an agreement on a new aid package for the coronavirus.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that staff members will hold a meeting at night, and she and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer will hold another round of talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday.

“We are on this path,” Pelosi told reporters after two hours of talks on Monday. – We still have our differences. We are trying to achieve a clearer understanding of our needs.”

The parties still disagree on the overall amount of aid for the coronavirus: Democrats are proposing to spend $ 3 trillion on it, and Republicans want to limit spending to one trillion.

Among the issues being discussed are new incentive payments, protection of tenants from eviction, assistance to the Postal service, and the situation with additional Federal unemployment payments of $ 600 a week, which stopped last week.

Author: Steve Cowan
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