With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat, but Dems rejected it, saying the GOP fails to grasp the severity of the crisis. (July 31)
NANCY PELOSI: The Republicans said they wanted to take a pause. Well the virus didn't. Since then, over 65,000 Americans have died. 300,000-- just a huge number of Americans have-- 3 million Americans since then have become infected. So much for the pause.
And now, just the beginning of this week, the Republicans in the Senate came back with a piecemeal approach. Clearly, they, and perhaps the White House, do not understand the gravity of this situation.
To get to 3 million, it took 27 days. And to get to 4 million, it took 16 days. We're now approaching 4 and 1/2 million.
This is a freight train that is picking up steam. And picking up speed. That acceleration is not a good thing. It must be stopped. And we have a plan in the Heroes Act to do just that.
And so, in this time of all of that, what are the Republicans proposing? Cutting the benefit to America's working families. Put $200 on the floor yesterday. $200 from $600.
They want to make it sound like, well we'd be up for $600. They don't have the votes for $600. But the $600 is essential in the lives of these families.
And they question, well maybe somebody's staying home making more money than they would. Well, why don't you subject those high rollers to that same scrutiny as to whether that money was justified? We had the date. They say, oh we have data showing that people stay home. So well we have data. We have data showing that that is not the case.