White House negotiators and Democratic leaders are expected to continue working toward a solution over the weekend.
JOSH KRANZBERG: Democrats have rejected the White House's offers to temporarily extend a $600 weekly jobless benefit. President Donald Trump called the proposed extension a critical bridge for Americans who lost their jobs to the pandemic through no fault of their own. But Democratic leaders say they turned down the offer because it's too small and won't solve the problem. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows accused Democrats of quote, "politics as usual."
MARK MEADOWS: It surprises me that when we talk about compassion and caring about those that truly are in need that a temporary solution to make sure that unemployment-- enhanced unemployment continues has been rejected, not once, but multiple times.
JOSH KRANZBERG: Congress is stalemated on the issue of extending the benefit. Congressional Democrats support a broad extension, akin to the broad measures in the HEROES Act that passed the House back in May. Republicans recently proposed a smaller weekly payment to incentivize Americans to return to work, as many are critical that some people could earn more on unemployment than they did at their job. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back against that argument Friday.
NANCY PELOSI: The $600 is essential in the lives of these families and they question, well, maybe somebody staying home making more money than they will-- well, why don't you subject those high rollers to that same scrutiny as to whether that money was justified. We had the dat-- they say we have data showing that people stay home. So-- well, we have data-- we have data showing that that is not the case.
JOSH KRANZBERG: White House negotiators and Democratic leaders are expected to continue working toward a solution over the weekend. For Newsy, I'm Josh Kranzberg.