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Negotiators fail to agree on COVID-19 relief as Congress adjourns

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Congress adjourned for the weekend Friday without coming to an agreement on a new coronavirus relief bill as key stimulus benefits expired.
July 31 (UPI) — Congress adjourned for the weekend Friday without coming to an agreement on a new coronavirus relief bill as key stimulus benefits expired. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows resumed talks earlier in the day, but failed to agree on a deal. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was not part of the negotiations, as he agreed to let President Donald Trump’s deputies represent the Senate proposals. Meadows criticized Democrats for rejecting Trump’s proposal of a short-term stopgap measure to extend key elements of previous relief bills — a $600-per-week unemployment enhancement and eviction protections. “What we’re seeing is politics as usual from Democrats up on Capitol Hill,” Meadows said. “The Democrats believe that they have all the cards on their side, and they’re willing to play those cards at the expense of those that are hurting.

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