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Democrats celebrate progress in negotiations with the White House

White House and Congressional Democratic leaders try to reach agreement on next economic package

White House officials and Democratic congressional leaders plan to meet again after both sides reported some progress in reaching agreement on a new economic aid package over the coronavirus.

“We found understanding on five or six issues. There is still a lot to do. And we don’t even agree with those five or six [questions], but at least they [Republicans] understand the needs, ”Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Tuesday..

Together with House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Schumer will meet with Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

Both sides cannot agree on the size of the proposed aid package: Democrats are calling for $ 3.4 trillion in spending, and Republicans want to cap aid to $ 1 trillion.

Topics discussed include another round of incentive payments, helping tenants prevent evictions, helping the Postal Service, and addressing the $ 600 a week federal unemployment benefit that expired last week..

Republican leaders have proposed accepting a smaller aid package now and leaving negotiations on other items for later. Democrats rejected this approach, arguing that the federal government must take even more action to face economic challenges..

The White House criticized the Democrats for blocking the adoption of a short-term bill on Friday that would extend the payment of unemployment benefits by seven days, giving Congress leaders more time to negotiate..

But Democrats know they are in a better bargaining position as the Republican Senate leadership needs their votes to pass the bill..

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