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White House signals support for $600 jobless benefit

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The White House appears keen to endorse a temporary extension of a $600 per week supplemental unemployment benefit, as the popular boost to both the economy and family budgets is about to expire. As quoted by (31/7) the idea is a prominent feature of top-level Washington talks on a major election-season COVID-19 response measure. After late-night talks failed to produce a breakthrough, the two sides took their case to the media Friday morning, with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appearing before reporters on short notice at the exact moment House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared at her weekly news conference. Meadows accused Democrats of refusing to negotiate, saying President Donald Trump has instructed him to be “aggressive and forward leaning” in trying to extend the supplemental jobless benefit//APNews

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