US unemployment benefit subsidy expires

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The $ 600 weekly unemployment benefit introduced in the US Corona crisis has expired. President Donald Trump’s Republicans and opposition Democrats were unable to agree on a new Corona aid package until Friday. Both sides blamed each other for the failure of the negotiations.

Trump accused the Democrats of blocking a temporary extension of the relief measure for political reasons. His chief of staff Mark Meadows said four different proposals had been made to the Democrats, but they had all rejected them.

By contrast, the Democratic Chair of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, accused the Republicans of failing to understand the “seriousness of the situation”. She was confident that an agreement could be reached at a later date.

Republicans in the Senate made a proposal at the beginning of the week for a new corona relief package worth around $ 1 trillion. The Democrats criticized the plans as insufficient and called for significantly more help.

A controversial issue is the weekly $ 600 unemployment benefit that was introduced in the spring with a large corona bailout package. The Republicans wanted to massively reduce this subsidy, which was initially limited until the end of July. They argue that unemployed people could earn more money from the grant than many working people and therefore had no incentive to look for a job.

The Democrats, on the other hand, demand that the grant be extended by the same amount until at least the beginning of next year. Millions of people in the United States have lost their jobs because of the corona pandemic, and there is no end in sight to the crisis.

The number of infections and corona deaths continues to rise sharply in the United States. In the meantime, more than 4.5 million infections and more than 152,000 deaths have been confirmed – by far the highest numbers worldwide.

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