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Top Republican and Democratic negotiators made little progress on Monday toward a coronavirus relief package as they regrouped following the expiration of federal unemployment benefits enacted in March to help millions of jobless Americans.
Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump won't say if he disagrees with Birx that virus is widespread On The Money: Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in stimulus talks | Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House MORE, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump won't say if he disagrees with Birx that virus is widespread On The Money: Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in stimulus talks | Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House MORE, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Trump says he's considering executive action to suspend evictions, payroll tax Trump won't say if he disagrees with Birx that virus is widespread MORE (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMeadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery MORE (D-N.Y.) met in the Speaker’s office once again on Monday and had what they described as their most productive meeting after a week of finding little common ground. The four negotiators met for more than two hours and kept the discussion largely focused on federal funding to support the reopening of schools and enhancement of food stamp benefits.
“We are really getting an understanding of each side’s position. And we’re making some progress on certain issues moving closer together,” said Schumer shortly after the meeting. “There are a lot of issues that are still outstanding. But I think there is a desire to get something done as soon as we can” (The Associated Press).
Mnuchin told reporters that the two sides got “a little bit” closer towards a larger package.
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