"I'm not optimistic that we'll reach any kind of comprehensive deal."

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on lawmakers trying to compromise on a potential additional economic stimulus bill.

  • Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over legislation – potentially 5th round of economic stimulus.
  • With the election looming on the horizon, politics plays a role: “Neither party is going to be eager to pass something that could be seen as a win for the opposing party.” 
  • Some of the dividing issues include continuing an extra “boost” to unemployment benefits – Democrats want it continued at an extra $600 on top of state benefits, Republicans want it continue at a lower level.
  • Republican proposal est. $1T
  • Democrats proposal est $3T
  • Some internal political divide – some republicans don’t want to include the President’s proposal for a renovated $1B+ FBI HQ as part of the package.

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GOOD READ ON EXTRA UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS